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Question: A chemical reaction absorbs energy when occurring. Is this reaction Exothermic or Endothermic? If the enthalpy of the reactants was 300kJ and the enthalpy of the products was 450kJ, list one possible value for the enthalpy value of the transition state (the activation energy).
a chemical reaction that absorbs energy is known to be endothermic since heat is being taken in by the reaction. The value of the transition state would be 150 because you have to subtract the product’s enthalpy and the reactant’s enthalpy to obtain it. A positive value for the transition state also corroborates that the reaction is endothermic.