I have trouble differentiating between exothermic and endothermic reactions according to their enthalpies. Do you have any tips or summaries?
Explanation from Alloprof
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To understand the concept of enthalpy associated with endothermic and exothermic reactions, we must think of enthalpy as energy. The notation is often in the form of enthalpy difference (△ H). During an endothermic reaction, heat is absorbed, which implies that energy is absorbed. Therefore, the difference in energy is positive and the difference in enthalpy is positive as well:
+△H ⇒ Endothermic
As regards the exothermic reaction, there may be a loss of energy. So the difference in enthalpy is negative:
-△H ⇒ Exothermic
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