Exothermic/Endothermic  [ENDORSED]






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Exothermic/Endothermic

Postby nelms6678 » Sat Feb 10, 2018 1:06 am

Do exothermic and endothermic reactions relate to catabolism and anabolism ?

For example, in an exothermic reaction the formation of products is favored by lowering the temperature. Can this be thought as an example of catabolism or anabolism?

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Re: Exothermic/Endothermic

Postby Chem_Mod » Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:40 am

Catabolic and anabolic reactions can be exothermic or endothermic.

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Re: Exothermic/Endothermic

Postby Cristina Sarmiento 1E » Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:51 am

I think of catabolic reactions breaking down things, releasing energy = exothermic and anabolic reactions forming things, requiring energy = endothermic.
These reactions tend to go hand in hand with catabolic reactions supplying the energy for anabolic reactions.

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Re: Exothermic/Endothermic  [ENDORSED]

Postby Chem_Mod » Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:58 am

Cristina Sarmiento 1E wrote:I think of catabolic reactions breaking down things, releasing energy = exothermic and anabolic reactions forming things, requiring energy = endothermic.
These reactions tend to go hand in hand with catabolic reactions supplying the energy for anabolic reactions.


Correct as a general trend, but there are individual steps (reactions) within a catabolic cycle that can be endothermic.

Therefore a general rule cannot be made that all catabolic reactions are exothermic, etc.


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