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Monochloroethane (C2H5Cl) can be produced by the direct reaction of ethane gas (C2H6) with chlorine gas or by the reaction of ethylene gas (C2H4) with hydrogen chloride gas. The second reaction gives almost a 100% yield of pure C2H5Cl at a rapid rate without catalysis. The first method requires light as an energy source or the reaction would not occur. Yet ΔGo for the first reaction is considerably more negative than ΔGo for the second reaction. Explain how this can be so.


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