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Learning Outcomes

Students should be able to: 

(a) describe the meaning of enthalpy change in terms of exothermic (∆H negative) and endothermic (∆H positive) reactions 

(b) represent energy changes by energy profile diagrams, including reaction enthalpy changes and activation energies 

(c) describe bond breaking as an endothermic process and bond making as an exothermic process 

(d) explain overall enthalpy changes in terms of the energy changes associated with the breaking and making of covalent bonds 

(e) describe hydrogen, derived from water or hydrocarbons, as a potential fuel, reacting with oxygen to generate electricity directly in a fuel cell (details of the construction and operation of a fuel cell are not required). 

Sample worksheet 

Energy changes