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Is the reaction between quick lime and water endothermic or exothermic?

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Endothermic reaction:A reaction that the system absorbs energy from its surrounding in the form of heat.Exothermic reaction: A reaction that releases energy from the system in the form of heat.The reaction between quick lime and water:Quick lime is chemically known as Calcium oxide $\left(\mathrm{CaO}\right)$ which is made up of Calcium and Oxygen atoms.When Calcium oxide $\left(\mathrm{CaO}\right)$ reacts with water, Calcium hydroxide$\left(\mathrm{Ca}{\left(\mathrm{OH}\right)}_{2}\right)$ is formed. $\underset{\mathrm{Calcium}\mathrm{oxide}}{\mathrm{CaO}\left(\mathrm{s}\right)}+\underset{\mathrm{Water}}{{\mathrm{H}}_{2}\mathrm{O}\left(\mathrm{l}\right)}\to \underset{\mathrm{Calcium}\mathrm{hydroxide}}{\mathrm{Ca}{\left(\mathrm{OH}\right)}_{2}\left(\mathrm{aq}\right)}+\underset{\mathrm{Heat}}{∆}$When the reaction occurs a huge amount of energy is released, so this is an exothermic reaction. The reaction of the formation of Calcium hydroxide from Calcium oxide and water is a combination reaction because there is only one product is formed from the two reactants.Therefore, the reaction between quick lime and water is exothermic.

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