Campbell Biology (10th Edition)

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Chapter 8 - 8.2 - Concept Check: 1

Answer

It is spontaneous and exergonic. It releases the energy in glucose, some to waste heat, and some to biological work.

Work Step by Step

Since the reaction proceeds from high free energy reactants to low free energy products, it is spontaneous by definition, and that release is termed exergonic. Any reaction will lose some energy to entropy, but some of the energy in glucose will be used to do the daily work of a living thing.
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