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Erik Buetow 1F
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Postby Erik Buetow 1F » Sun Feb 02, 2020 10:41 pm

When we talk about a spontaneous reaction being favorable, what exactly does that mean?

Eugene Chung 3F
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Re: Spontaneous

Postby Eugene Chung 3F » Sun Feb 02, 2020 10:45 pm

Generally, reactions are favorable when they result in a decreased enthalpy and increased entropy of the system. When the reaction both decrease enthalpy and increase entropy, it occurs natually.

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Re: Spontaneous

Postby Anna Chen 1K » Sun Feb 02, 2020 10:49 pm

Spontaneous, or favorable, reactions favor the formation of products over reactants and have a negative value in delta G. A reaction's overall entropy, or disorder, also increases.

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Re: Spontaneous

Postby chrisleung-2J » Sun Feb 02, 2020 10:50 pm

Reactions are favorable when they increase entropy and decrease enthalpy for the system, and favorable reactions tend to be spontaneous

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Re: Spontaneous

Postby IScarvie 1E » Wed Feb 05, 2020 7:24 pm

For a simpler example, ice melting to water at room temperature is favorable (low enthalpy high entropy), but water freezing into ice is not.

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