Why is respiration considered an exothermic reaction? Explain.
Respiration is considered as an exothermic reaction because in respiration oxidation of glucose takes place which produces large amount of heat energy.
C6H12O6 (aq) + 6O2 (g) → 6CO2 (g) + 6H2O (l) + Energy
For the survival of life we require energy.We obtain this energy from the food we eat. The food molecules, through the process of digestion is broken down into simpler molecule like glucose. These substances come in contact with the Oxygen present in our body cells to form Carbon dioxide and water along with a certain amount of energy(Respiration process). Since the energy is in the form of heat(that maintains our body temperature) the respiration is considered to be an exothermic reaction.The reaction taking place is:
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