Bond formation and Bond breaking

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J_Rodriguez_Dis2k
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Bond formation and Bond breaking

Postby J_Rodriguez_Dis2k » Sat Jan 09, 2016 11:48 am

I am wondering why the bond breaking goes first in the equation if its usually final then initial. Isn't the bond breaking initial and the bond creation final. So why is the bond breaking in the place of the final product ?

Lisa Leung 2H
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Re: Bond formation and Bond breaking

Postby Lisa Leung 2H » Sat Jan 09, 2016 3:03 pm

This is because breaking bonds require energy while forming bonds release energy, meaning the enthalpy for breaking bonds would be positive and the enthalpy for forming bonds would be negative. Generally, equations are written as a positive value plus a negative value and not a negative value plus a positive value so the bond breaking is in place of the final product.


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