Microscopic Reversibility

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Ashley Kenney 1E
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Microscopic Reversibility

Postby Ashley Kenney 1E » Sun Mar 10, 2019 3:09 pm

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

Postby Tyra Nguyen 4H » Sun Mar 10, 2019 3:23 pm

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.

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Olivia Young 1A
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Re: Microscopic Reversibility

Postby Olivia Young 1A » Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:52 pm

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.

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