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Reversible vs irreversible

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 1:03 pm
by Aidan Ryan 1B
What would a reversible rxn look like in real life vs an irreversible?

Re: Reversible vs irreversible

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 1:06 pm
by Edward Xie 2E
A reversible reaction could be something like N2O4 ↔ 2NO2, while an irreversible reaction could be a combustion reaction.

Re: Reversible vs irreversible

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 4:38 pm
by Kirsty Star 2H
Lavelle said that reversible reactions are pretty much entirely theoretical, since it's pretty much not possible for all heat to be converted to work with nothing being lost to the surroundings. Most reactions are irreversible, especially biological reactions.

Re: Reversible vs irreversible

Posted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:41 am
by Mhun-Jeong Isaac Lee 1B
Adding onto the above responses, just remember that reversible does maximum work and is always at equilibrium. In this class, reversible will be pretty much synonymous to isothermal.

Re: Reversible vs irreversible

Posted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 1:27 am
by LeannaPhan14BDis1D
Reversible isn't that necessary to know since they're theoretical.

Re: Reversible vs irreversible

Posted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:08 pm
by Abby-Hile-1F
How can you tell if a rxn is reversible or irreversible?

Re: Reversible vs irreversible

Posted: Wed Jan 29, 2020 12:21 am
by Yiyang Jen Wang 4G
In irreversible reactions, the reactants convert to products and the products cannot convert back to the reactants. An example of an irreversible reaction is combustion. In reversible reactions, the forward and reverse reactions occur simultaneously.