How would you identify the reactants and products in the chemical reaction below?

#6CO_2 + 6H_2O -> C_6H_12O_6 + 6O_2#

1 Answer
Sep 21, 2016

Answer:

Typically #"LHS"# #=# #"reactants"#; #"RHS"# #=# #"products"#

Explanation:

Of course, you have described the photosynthesis reaction, which is an endothermic reaction. From where does the energy come?

The reverse equation is clearly a combustion reaction. And this is an exothermic reaction, i.e. one that releases energy.

#C_6H_12O_6 + 6H_2O rarr 6CO_2 + 6H_2O+Delta#

So whether you call the right hand side the products or the reactants depends on whether you are a green plant.