Reversible vs. Irreversible reactions


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Ryan Neis 2L
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Reversible vs. Irreversible reactions

Postby Ryan Neis 2L » Thu Feb 01, 2018 6:19 pm

How does temperature, pressure, and volume differ with reversible and irreversible reactions/pathways?

Harrison Wang 1H
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Re: Reversible vs. Irreversible reactions

Postby Harrison Wang 1H » Thu Feb 01, 2018 6:51 pm

If temperature remains constant throughout the reaction, then it is said to be isothermal. In a reversible reaction, the external pressure equals the internal pressure of the container, and the external pressure is increased or decreased in small increments. In a irreversible reaction, there is a noticeable difference between the external pressure and internal pressure.

Justin Chang 2K
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Re: Reversible vs. Irreversible reactions

Postby Justin Chang 2K » Thu Feb 01, 2018 7:04 pm

Yes. Also, because in reversible reactions, you increase/decrease the pressure by small increments, that explains why we must use w=-nRTln(V2/V1) since pressure will not be constant. However, because in irreversible reactions, the external pressure remains constant, we use w=-PdeltaV because the external pressure is constant.


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