## Microscopic Reversibility

$K = \frac{k_{forward}}{k_{reverse}}$

Ashley Kenney 1E
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### Microscopic Reversibility

Dr. Lavelle mentioned that microscopic reversibility is assumed/applied when K>>1 and k is much larger than k'. Can someone please explain what microscopic reversibility is and how it applies to forward and reverse reactions? Thank you in advance!

Tyra Nguyen 4H
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### Re: Microscopic Reversibility

Microscopic reversibility: The mechanism of a reversible reaction is exactly the same (but reversed) for both the forward and backward version of the reaction. The transition states for each mechanism step are identical regardless of reaction direction.

from the chem.ucla.edu site!

Olivia Young 1A
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### Re: Microscopic Reversibility

Another definition of microscopic reversibility that Dr. Lavelle mentioned in lecture was when one assumes that the reaction has the same intermediates (same pathway) in both the forward and reverse reactions.