reversible and irreversible reactions


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Ya Gao
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reversible and irreversible reactions

Postby Ya Gao » Fri Jan 26, 2018 10:31 pm

I'm confused about how can we find out if a reaction is reversible or not. Are we gonna be given information about it?

Angela G 2K
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Re: reversible and irreversible reactions

Postby Angela G 2K » Fri Jan 26, 2018 10:45 pm

Not sure if this helps, but in a reversible reaction P(in) and P(ex) is the same, whereas in an irreversible reaction P(ex) differs by P(in) by a measurable amount.

Nhan Nguyen 2F
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Re: reversible and irreversible reactions

Postby Nhan Nguyen 2F » Fri Jan 26, 2018 10:48 pm

I believe for the purpose of the class, they might tell you whether it's reversible or not and you'd plug in the associated equation. But maybe this link can help you in identifying some of the common example processes of each
http://www.idc-online.com/technical_ref ... rocess.pdf

Naomi Jennings 2H
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Re: reversible and irreversible reactions

Postby Naomi Jennings 2H » Fri Jan 26, 2018 10:51 pm

I think it will indicate in the question. If it doesn't specify reversible or irreversible, it's probably irreversible. If "Work is done at a constant pressure" it must be reversible since the internal and external pressures won't be incredibly close together for most of the expansion.

Varsha Sivaganesh 1A
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Re: reversible and irreversible reactions

Postby Varsha Sivaganesh 1A » Sat Jan 27, 2018 1:26 pm

Usually, if it is reversible and isothermal then the problem will probably indicate that the temperature is constant. In an irreversible expansion, the external pressure is constant.


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