Reversible/Irreversible Reactions

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Reversible/Irreversible Reactions

Postby Megan Cao 1I » Sun Feb 02, 2020 9:50 am

Can someone differentiate the characteristics of reversible and irreversible reactions? For example, I know that reversible reactions are done with infinitesimally changes. But I honestly can't think of anything else that distinguishes the two.

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Re: Reversible/Irreversible Reactions

Postby Sanjana Munagala_1j » Sun Feb 02, 2020 9:56 am

Honestly that is the biggest difference, and because of the difference there are two different equations that can be used. For irreversible reactions, use the equation w=-P(change in V) since pressure would be constant. In a reversible reaction, use the integral equation which can be simplified to w=-nRTln(V2/V1) since pressure is not constant in this case.

Hope that helps!

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Re: Reversible/Irreversible Reactions

Postby Hussain Chharawalla 1G » Sun Feb 02, 2020 12:02 pm

When you make infinetely small changes, your parameters such as pressure and volume are defined. When you make rapid changes, then they can no longer be defined. There is a khanacademy video that explains this topic well.

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Re: Reversible/Irreversible Reactions

Postby 805307623 » Sun Feb 02, 2020 1:15 pm

In irreversible reactions, the reactants react to form products which can't form back into reactants. In reversible reactions, reactants react with other reactants to form products and products react with other products to form reactants at the same time.

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Re: Reversible/Irreversible Reactions

Postby Noe BM 1J » Sun Feb 02, 2020 3:39 pm

Does anyone know if we need to know the integral equation for reversible reaction or just the simplified version?

Sanjana Munagala_1j wrote:Honestly that is the biggest difference, and because of the difference there are two different equations that can be used. For irreversible reactions, use the equation w=-P(change in V) since pressure would be constant. In a reversible reaction, use the integral equation which can be simplified to w=-nRTln(V2/V1) since pressure is not constant in this case.

Hope that helps!

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Re: Reversible/Irreversible Reactions

Postby Maya Pakulski 1D » Tue Feb 04, 2020 3:03 pm

On a test question would it always specify that the reaction is happening irreversibly or reversibly?

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Re: Reversible/Irreversible Reactions

Postby Verity Lai 2K » Tue Feb 04, 2020 10:05 pm

In one of the review sessions today, the TA gave a good example on how to differentiate. He said imagine two scales each with a pile of rocks on them. Irreversible expansion would be like removing all the rocks all at once and recording the difference of the scale in the instant. For reversible expansion, it's like removing each rock one at a time a recording the infinitesimal changes in the scale.


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