reversible vs. irreversible


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reversible vs. irreversible

Postby josmit_1D » Sun Feb 09, 2020 8:15 pm

what indications if the reaction is reversible or not?

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Re: reversible vs. irreversible

Postby Matthew ILG 1L » Sun Feb 09, 2020 8:32 pm

In a irreversible reaction, the reactants react to form the products, which cannot revert back into reactants. In reversible reactions, as the reactants react with other reactants to form products, the products are reacting with other products to form reactants.
Combustion is an example of an irreversible reaction, as it cannot be undone.

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Re: reversible vs. irreversible

Postby Eesha Chattopadhyay 2K » Sun Feb 09, 2020 8:34 pm

A reversible process is one that can be reversed by an infinitely small change in a variable. For example, if the external pressure is equal to the pressure of the gas in the system, then even an infinitesimal decrease in external pressure will cause the piston to move out (work of expansion) and an infinitely small increase in external pressure will cause the piston to move in. If this is not the case, then the process is not reversible.

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Re: reversible vs. irreversible

Postby Frank He 4G » Sun Feb 09, 2020 8:51 pm

If you're given a problem, it should say whether it's reversible or irreversible. Otherwise, another method of determining whether a process is reversible is whether the delta S of the universe is 0 or positive. Irreversible processes always have a positive delta S of the universe.

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