The produces of what type of reaction have lower energy than the reactants?

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Dec 22, 2017

Exothermic Reaction


An exothermic reaction is one where energy is released to the surroundings of the reaction.

The overall energy of the products is lower than that of the reactants and thus this 'extra' energy left over is released (usually as thermal energy) and the reaction is considered to be exothermic.

The opposite type of reaction (where energy is taken in from the surroundings of a reaction and thus the energy of the reactants is lower than that of the products) is called an endothermic reaction.