## Microscopic reversibility

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

Lauryn Shinno 2H
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### Microscopic reversibility

Can we always assume that microscopic reversibility is being applied?

whitney_2C
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### Re: Microscopic reversibility

I believe that Lavelle said that we can assume microscopic reversibility for the purposes of our class, however, I am not 100% positive.

Emily Kennedy 4L
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### Re: Microscopic reversibility

I can second that, I do remember Lavelle saying we could assume microscopic reversibility

Ibrahim Malik 1H
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### Re: Microscopic reversibility

Microscopic reversibility is always happening at equilibrium, because at equilibrium the forward and reverse rates are equal to each other. Microscopic reversibility states that at a small, molecular level, there is activity taking place between molecules but this activity cancels each other out (forward and reverse rates being equal to each other) so on the macroscopic level, it seems as if there are no reactions occuring.