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Clarification for Atkins' problems 

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7th
edition errata (from the W.H. Freeman website) Ex. 2.15a (2.25 7th Ed.) In the 7th edition, the answer is correct, but in 2.15a of the instructors manual (8th edition), the Vf is incorrectly calculated. The final answers should be V_{f} = 9.44 × 10^{3} m^{3}, T_{f} = 288 K and w = 0.46 kJ. Ex. 3.14 (7th), Prob. 2.24 (8th). There is a typo in the question. In the denominator of the expression you are being asked to show, it should be (dV/dP)_{T}, not (dV/dT)_{T} (the latter does not make any sense. P3.26 (8th edition). The wording of this question is awkward, as Atkins et al. have combined two separate questions from previous conditions into one. When he says, "Use the Maxwell relations to express the derivatives (a) (dS/dV)_{T} and (dV/dS)_{p} .... in terms of heat capacities, a and k_{T}...", he does not mean to use them together, but to treat each one separately. So in other words, do the one for (dS/dV)_{T} and then the one for (dV/dS)_{p}  they have nothing to do with one another other than being in the same sentence. P4.5 (7th edition), P3.5 (8th edition). In the 8th edition, Atkins asks for a DG associated with the Carnot cycle, for individual steps, as well as the total. Unfortunately, they miscalculate step 3, where DG should be equal to half of that in step 1 (i.e., 5.75 kJ mol^{1}). The DG_{tot} for the cycle should be equal to zero, but you cannot calculate the DG for steps 2 and 4 directly, since you do not know that value of S (i.e., DG = DH  SDT). However, since you know that DG_{tot} is zero, you can indirectly calculate DG for these steps 2 and 4, and for both steps, it is DG = +8.625 kJ. Click here for a quick diagram on this question. Ex. 4.8 (6th); Ex. 4.11 (7th); Ex. M3.3 (8th). This question is sort of asked in a tricky/unfair way, because if you look at the solution manual, you will see that the heat capacity has a temperature dependence (i.e., C_{p} is a function of temperature, defined as C_{p,m} = a + bT. If you are asked such a question on an examination, the temperature dependence of the Cp,m will be mentioned, otherwise, you are to assumed that the Cp,m is constant over the temperature range specified. Otherwise, the question is ok! Also note, that the coefficient "b" should be in units of K^{1}, and some of the tables in the book list the units as K, which is incorrect. Ex. 6.7 (6th); Ex. 4.4 (8th). Click here for a clarification of how this problem is done. Ex. 6.8b (7th); Ex. 4.5b (8th). The "certain liquid" that freezes is ethanol. The molar mass is needed to complete this problem, and in the solutions manual, they just pull the mass out of thin air. In the 6th edition, this question actually said "ethanol", so work with this as your liquid. Ex. 6.10a (7th); Ex. 4.7a
(8th). Students with the 8th edition do not have this solution 
it is actually quite simple, but seems a bit out of place for this chapter.
Still a good question.
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how to do it. Table 7.1, 7th edition. Henry's Law constants for gases at 298 K are listed as K/(10 MPa) (which is like saying K/10^{7 }Pa). However, these numbers are off by a factor of 10^{2}, so the table should read: Henry's Law constants for gases at 298 K are listed as K/(1 GPa) or K/(1 10^{9} Pa). For example of use, see Ex. 7.15a,b (7th) or 7.12a,b (6th).
Ex 8.2b (8.9b 6th): Ex.
8.7b (8.4b 6th): Ex. 8.17a (8.16a, 6th): 
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