Biochemical systems- irreversible/reversible

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Kaitlin Ross 3E
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Biochemical systems- irreversible/reversible

Postby Kaitlin Ross 3E » Sun Jan 24, 2016 7:08 pm

On page 35 of the course reader, it states that biochemical reactions are often highly irreversible to speed up the process. Are there any instances in which a biochemical system would implement a reversible reaction/what would be an example?

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Re: Biochemical systems- irreversible/reversible

Postby DNguyen3G » Sun Jan 24, 2016 8:06 pm

We can analyze how irreversible a process is and what is necessary to maximize efficiency, but there are no true reversible processes. In practice, all real processes are irreversible although some can be good approximation of reversible ones if you go really slow. Thermodynamics goes a long way in helping to optimize your irreversible processes to get the most "work" out of them.

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