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Eileen Si 1G
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Postby Eileen Si 1G » Wed Feb 19, 2020 10:15 pm

Is X2(g) = 2X(g) where X is a halogen an endothermic or exothermic reaction, and why? Wouldn't it be an exothermic reaction because the bond between an X2 molecule is broken to become 2 separate X atoms?

Angus Wu_4G
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Re: 5J.11b

Postby Angus Wu_4G » Wed Feb 19, 2020 10:55 pm

I'm not too sure, but I think it depends on the temperature at which this reaction is occurring. In general though, I would imagine this reaction is endothermic because it takes a lot of energy to break the bonds, and while you do release energy when the bond is broken, I think overall it takes more energy to breakup the bond than the energy you get out of it.

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