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What is the difference between Exothermic and Exergonic?

Asked by Marlon , Last updated: Jul 27, 2020

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Chris Kenway

Chris Kenway, Content Writer, Jacksonville

Answered Jul 27, 2020

Exergonic and Exothermic are chemical reactions used in the field of thermodynamics. Exothermic is the release of energy; it literally means “outside heating,” while exergonic means “outside” work the release of energy while working.

The exergonic reaction is a type of chemical reaction that releases energy to the surroundings, while exothermic processes are applied in the physical sciences where there is the involvement of chemical reaction.

The name Exothermic was formed by Marcellin Berthelot. The energy exothermic reaction release is called energy, while the energy exergonic reaction releases are called Gibbs free energy. The energy released by exothermic is dependent on the surroundings, while the energy released by exergonic is flexible.

Examples of an exothermic reaction include the combustion of fuel such as wood, petroleum and oil, condensation of rain from rain vapor, and so on. Examples of exergonic reactions are catabolism, respiration, and the breakdown of sugar.

 

L. Agate

L. Agate

Answered Jun 26, 2020

A chemical reaction occurs when two or more substances turn into something else. Two types of chemical reactions are exothermic and exergonic reactions. Exothermic means outside heating. When this type of reaction occurs, heat is released. There are many types of these reactions, which are oil, coal, and wood. The word exergonic means outside work. When this type of reaction occurs, it released energy.

This type of reaction also has many types of examples include respiration, the process of a body breaking down sugar, and catabolism. These chemical reactions are related to science and are specifically learned in the field of physical science.

 

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Answered Jun 17, 2020

One of the main differences between the two is that an exergonic reaction is a type of reaction that is going to be very spontaneous. An exothermic reaction is not at all spontaneous but it will have the ability to affect all of the surrounding areas easily.

Based on this, you can also conclude that an exergonic reaction will take in energy. If in case you still do not understand perfectly the differences between the two, you can check out their differences.

Some examples of exothermic reactions are thermite reaction, nuclear fission, and respiration. Some examples of exergonic reactions are cellular respiration and chemiluminescence. Identifying the reactions will let you know what to expect.

 

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