Yet another question on endergonic reactions

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    • #10622
      scienceteacher
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      Good Evening,

      I am trying to explain endergonic and exergonic reactions to my 10th grade AP Biology Class. I have a list of examples (eg. Photosynthesis, Chemical Reactions) but I really want to give them a very simple example. Does that make sense? I just want to be able to break it down further because I feel like they are having a hard time with it. Thanks for any advice!!

    • #87837
      MichaelXY
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      Burn a match to melt an ice cube. The match is exo, melting the ice takes heat energy such as in the match which is producing energy.

    • #87846
      jonmoulton
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      I like those instant-cold packs for sports injuries. They contain a salt that undergoes endergonic dissolution, so you break the inner pouch and the pack gets cold. That makes a nice hands-on demo of an endergonic process and is not dreadfully expensive.

    • #87847
      MrMistery
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      that would demonstrate exothermic/endothermic rather than exergonic/endergonic. I am afraid there is no simple way to show exergonic/endergonic reactions since deltaG is a quantitative sum of enthalpy and entropy. Maybe an explosion would be the best example of an exergonic reaction because it releases heat and increases entropy. Lighting a match might be a substitute for that, because blowing up grenades in your classroom might not be the best idea. As for an endergonic process, you would need something that takes up heat and decreases entropy.

    • #87853
      jonmoulton
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      "that would demonstrate exothermic/endothermic rather than exergonic/endergonic."

      Good point, the cold pack is not an appropriate demonstration of an endergonic system as there is an increase of entropy from mixing.

    • #87858
      keenangp
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      How about a sponge?

      Endergonic: The sponge absorbs the water (ie, energy) and now carries that energy, and can be expelled.

      Exergonic: *Squeeze sponge* energy leaves the system (ie, sponge) and the sponge is no longer any good for scrubbing. Also, the water would normally leave the sponge of its own accord, but if you (an enzyme) squeeze the sponge, reactions occur much faster.

      Ta daaaaa… 😛

    • #89954
      FireceForGod
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      8) Another example for Endergonic would be pushing and boulder up a hill…the rock would be Endergonic-it is gaining energy. While you would be Exergonic-releasing energy.

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