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Amount of work done

Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2017 8:06 pm
by Arie Hakimi 1L
Do our values calculated for work grant the maximum theoretical value one can get or simply a guaranteed value that is experimentally tested, and could be replicated?

Re: Amount of work done

Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2017 8:42 pm
by Jessica Huang 1M
It's a maximum theoretical yield. In real life, things tend to go toward entropy. When doing experiments, there's always a small percentage of error.

Re: Amount of work done

Posted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 2:40 pm
by Janice Kim 3I
Yes, the reversible pathway calculates the maximum value for work. However, most reactions, including biological reactions, use the irreversible pathway because it is more efficient and quicker.