Microscopic reversibility

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Lauryn Shinno 2H
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Microscopic reversibility

Postby Lauryn Shinno 2H » Sun Mar 10, 2019 4:57 pm

Can we always assume that microscopic reversibility is being applied?

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Re: Microscopic reversibility

Postby whitney_2C » Sun Mar 10, 2019 5:28 pm

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

Postby Emily Kennedy 4L » Sun Mar 10, 2019 6:19 pm

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

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Re: Microscopic reversibility

Postby Ibrahim Malik 1H » Sun Mar 10, 2019 6:23 pm

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.

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