We’re being asked to explain why an endothermic reaction feels cold.
• Exothermic reactions
▪ lose energy, releases heat, temperature of the surroundings increases
▪ involves bond formation (for phase change: gas → liquid → solid)
▪ ΔH is negative
• Endothermic reactions
▪ gain/requires energy, absorbs heat, temperature of the surroundings decreases
▪ involves breaking bonds (for phase change: solid → liquid → gas)
▪ ΔH is positive
If an endothermic reaction absorbs heat, then why does it feel cold to the touch?
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