Problem: Which of the following is true if an exothermic reaction occurs out in a coffee-cup calorimeter?A. ΔH of the reactants is lower than ΔH of the products B. ΔH of the products is lower than ΔH of the reactants C. ΔH of the reactants is higher than ΔH of the products D. ΔH of the products is higher than ΔH of the reactants E. Two of the above

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We are asked which of the following is true if an exothermic reaction occurs out in a coffee-cup calorimeter


Recall that:

Exothermic reactions

lose energy, releases heat, temperature of the surroundings increases
▪ involves bond formation (for phase change: gas → liquid → solid)
ΔH is negative


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Which of the following is true if an exothermic reaction occurs out in a coffee-cup calorimeter?

A. ΔH of the reactants is lower than ΔH of the products 

B. ΔH of the products is lower than ΔH of the reactants 

C. ΔH of the reactants is higher than ΔH of the products 

D. ΔH of the products is higher than ΔH of the reactants 

E. Two of the above

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