Reaction kinetics (CHEM 2 past paper q) 1 mark

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Magenta96
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it's question 1aiv) on this link: (you also need to use the enthalpy diagram from question 1a)

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects...W-QP-JUN10.PDF

I don't understand why the overall value for the enthalpy change is p - q. I understand that the overall enthalpy change must be negative since the reaction is exothermic, but then why can't the expression just be -p - q, as this would also give a negative value?

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The diagram has enthalpy on the left hand axis, the enthalpy change is the difference between the products and the reactants. It's not just any old negative value.
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(Original post by EierVonSatan)
The diagram has enthalpy on the left hand axis, the enthalpy change is the difference between the products and the reactants. It's not just any old negative value.
what about q - p? As that's products - reactants, right?
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what about q - p? As that's products - reactants, right?
No, q is bigger than p, that will give you a positive value.
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No, q is bigger than p, that will give you a positive value.
understood, thanks.
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