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What is the enthalpy of solution?

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The enthalpy of solution refers to the temperature changes in a solution when a substance dissolves in the solvent. There can be positive or negative reactions to the temperature in a solution.

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A solution is a mixture of two materials called the solvent and solute. The solute is the substance that dissolves into the solvent.

Dissolving a solute into a solvent causes exothermic or endothermic reactions. Endothermic reactions create a positive change in the heat of a solution due to the energy released into the surroundings and the energy needed to break apart the solute. Exothermic reactions cause a negative change in heat by raising the temperature of a solution and ultimately expelling the heat into the surroundings.

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