# What is the heat of formation of Benzoic acid?I have asked this question before but made a mistake in my question. The molar enthalpy of combustion for benzoic acid is -3226.6 kJ/mol. The...

What is the heat of formation of Benzoic acid?

I have asked this question before but made a mistake in my question. The molar enthalpy of combustion for benzoic acid is -3226.6 kJ/mol. The thermochemicasl equation is: 2C6H5COOH (l) + 15O2 -> 6H2O (l) + 14CO2 (g)
ΔH= -3226.6 kJ/mol

Given the heats of formation for liquid water is -285.5 kJ/mol and carbon dioxide is -393.5 kJ/mol, calculate the heat of formation of benzoic acid.
Please show all proper units because that is where I got mixed up (how do I change -3226.6 kJ/mol into kJ to be used in the standard heats of formation to find x?)

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First we try to arrange the given value for the enthalpy of formation of water and Carbon dioxide.

H2 (g) + 1/2 O2 (g)  --> H2O (l)      ΔH = -285.5

C(s) + O2 (g) --> CO2 (g)              ΔH = -393.5

and we rewrite the heat of combustion of benzoic acid

2C6H5COOH (l) + 15O2 -> 6H2O (l) + 14CO2 (g)
ΔH= -3226.6 kJ/mol

6H2O (l) +14CO2 ---> 2C6H5COOH + 15O2 (g)  3226.6kJ/mol

14C(s) + 14O2 (g) ---> 14CO2 (g)                    -5509 kJ/mol

2H2(g) + O2 (s) ----> 2H2O (l)                         -571 kJ/mol

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4H2O + 14C + 2H2 ---> 2C6H5COOH             -2853.4 kJ/mol