Finding whether exothermic or Endothermic


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Rita Chen 1B
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Finding whether exothermic or Endothermic

Postby Rita Chen 1B » Sun Feb 09, 2020 12:55 pm

Are we going to be able to know if a reaction is exothermic or endothermic if the delta H isn't given? If so, how?

TimVintsDis4L
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Re: Finding whether exothermic or Endothermic

Postby TimVintsDis4L » Sun Feb 09, 2020 12:59 pm

One of the ways you can tell if an equation is exothermic or endothermic is using Gibbs Free Energy.
If the is negative then it is exothermic, if it is positive then it is endothermic.

Frank He 4G
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Re: Finding whether exothermic or Endothermic

Postby Frank He 4G » Sun Feb 09, 2020 8:30 pm

Note that exothermic/endothermic refers to heat (exergonic/endergonic refers to free energy). Although exothermic reactions usually have a positive delta G, it's not always the case.
By definition a system is exothermic when the delta H is negative, and endothermic when the delta H is positive

SarahCoufal_1k
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Re: Finding whether exothermic or Endothermic

Postby SarahCoufal_1k » Sun Feb 09, 2020 8:37 pm

Another giveaway is the phases of the reactants and products. For example, if the reactant is a solid and both products are liquids, it's most likely endothermic

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Re: Finding whether exothermic or Endothermic

Postby MaggieHan1L » Sun Feb 09, 2020 8:41 pm

You can also tell by the reactions. For example a solid going to liquids or gas. You need heat to provide energy to break up intermolecular forces and thus the reaction is endothermic. Try thinking about the forces and bonds and how you need energy to break them


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