The value of Kw decreases as the temperature decreases. Is the auto-ionization of water exothermic or endothermic?
I am stuck on this question and would appreciate some guidance. The question states " The value of Kw decreases as the temperature decreases. Is the auto-ionization of water an exothermic or endothermic reaction in the forward direction?"
I feel like the answer should be exothermic as I know from studying Le Chatelier's principle that a decrease in temperature favours the reaction to occur in the forward direction. Is that a correct assumption?