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E. C. Pielou

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780226668062

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226668055.001.0001

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Chemical Energy

Chemical Energy

(p.108) 10 Chemical Energy
The Energy of Nature

E. C. Pielou

University of Chicago Press

Nearly every solid material on earth consists of chemical compounds, sometimes only one, sometimes several together. Solid substances composed of single elements uncombined with others are rarities; even “pure” gold and “pure” iron are almost never absolutely chemically pure. When elements combine to form compounds, energy is either produced (or liberated — “evolved,” as it is often called) or used up (“consumed”). A reaction that liberates energy, most often in the form of heat, is exothermic; a reaction that will take place only if energy is provided from some outside source is endothermic. This chapter discusses the following: the energy in chemical bonds; energy in chemical compounds; ice and stream; and chemical energy to electrical energy and back again.

Keywords:   chemical compounds, chemical energy, chemical reactions, chemical bonds, ice, stream, electrical energy

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