Reversible vs irreversible


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Nancy Le - 1F
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Reversible vs irreversible

Postby Nancy Le - 1F » Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:15 pm

Given an equation, how can you tell if it's reversible or irreversible?

Kelly Kiremidjian 1C
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Re: Reversible vs irreversible

Postby Kelly Kiremidjian 1C » Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:20 pm

If a reaction goes in both directions, it is at equilibrium, and therefore it is reversible.

Nancy Le - 1F
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Re: Reversible vs irreversible

Postby Nancy Le - 1F » Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:01 am

Can you give me an example?

Deborah Cheng 1F
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Re: Reversible vs irreversible

Postby Deborah Cheng 1F » Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:04 am

How can you see whether it it goes both ways from the equation though? Could you please clarify?

Angela 1K
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Re: Reversible vs irreversible

Postby Angela 1K » Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:46 pm

I believe Kelly is talking about the direction of the arrows. If it is a double-sided arrow (like in an equilibrium reaction), it is reversible. If it is one-sided, it is irreversible.


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