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The catalyst essentially does the same thing for a reverse reaction. Just as a catalyst provides a new, quicker pathway for the forward reaction, it also creates a new pathway for the reverse reaction.
it helps if you look at the graph for the reaction profile. a catalyst would lower the activation energy for the whole graph so the new forward pathway and new reverse pathway look the same and both are at a lower Ea than before.
005384106 wrote:Besides adding a catalyst, can increasing the temperature, increasing pressure, or decreasing volume speed up a reaction with the large activation energy?
I'd assume that it would change the reaction forwards/backwards in terms of Le Chatelier's Principle? but I'm honestly not too sure how it interacts with speed and kinetics.
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