Endothermic / Exothermic I have to say that I am a little at loss here. I understand that an endothermic process absorbs more energy than it releases, and that an exothermic process is the opposite. However, I don't understand the implications in terms of kinetic and potential energy. Here is what I have seized so far: - Breaking bonds requires energy (This is understandable) - Forming bonds releases energy (Why???) - In an exothermic reaction, the bonds of the products are stronger than those of the reactants. - In a endothermic reaction, it is the opposite. Now how exactly is energy transfered from potential to kinetic? If in a reaction, the temperature rises, is it endothermic or exothermic?