Catalyst in a Equilibria

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Mitch Mologne 1A
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Catalyst in a Equilibria

Postby Mitch Mologne 1A » Mon Mar 05, 2018 2:34 pm

If you apply a catalyst to a system that has both a forward and a reverse reaction, does the catalyst have an effect on the activation energy for both sides?

Lindsay Kester 2L
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Re: Catalyst in a Equilibria

Postby Lindsay Kester 2L » Mon Mar 05, 2018 2:39 pm

Yes, the catalyst increases the rate of both the forward and the reverse reaction.

Justin Yu 3H
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Re: Catalyst in a Equilibria

Postby Justin Yu 3H » Mon Mar 05, 2018 3:54 pm

Catalysts just speed up the rate at which reactions reach equilibrium. Since we can reach equilibrium from an excess of products or reactants, it makes logical sense that they would thus work both ways.


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