Exothermic and decrease in tempterature


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Michelle Dong 1F
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Exothermic and decrease in tempterature

Postby Michelle Dong 1F » Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:20 pm

I know that if a reaction is exothermic and the temperature is raised, the formation of reactants will be favored because K1 is smaller than K2. However, if a reaction is exothermic and the temperature is lowered, would the formation of products be favored? So does the favorability of either products or reactants ultimately depend solely on the comparison of K2 and K1?

Melodie Oh 2A
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Re: Exothermic and decrease in tempterature

Postby Melodie Oh 2A » Thu Feb 08, 2018 3:19 pm

Whenever a temperature is lowered, the exothermic process is favored so yes, the formation of the product will be favored. I would say that the favorability of the product or reactant when the temperature changes depend on what type of a reaction it is (endothermic or exothermic).

Jeremiah Samaniego 2C
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Re: Exothermic and decrease in tempterature

Postby Jeremiah Samaniego 2C » Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:27 pm

Adding on to the above, an endothermic reaction would indicate heat as a reactant and an exothermic reaction would indicate heat as a product. With that said, you could relate this general relationship to Le Chatelier's principle. Say you had a reaction A + B --> C + Heat, then increasing the temperature (thus heat) would cause the reaction to shift to the reactants. On the other hand, decreasing the temperature would cause the reaction to shift to the products.

Alexandria Weinberger
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Re: Exothermic and decrease in tempterature

Postby Alexandria Weinberger » Sun Feb 11, 2018 3:10 pm

If a reaction is endothermic, the reaction takes in heat to form products, leaving the surroundings with less heat. Therefore, if additional heat it added to the surroundings, to maintain equilibrium the system will produce more products to reduce the temperature in the surroundings.

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Re: Exothermic and decrease in tempterature

Postby Clarissa Molina 1D » Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:54 pm

Raising the temperature of an exothermic reaction favors the formation of reactants while raising the temperature of an endothermic reaction favors the formation of products.


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