## Difference between -> and <->

Samuel G Rivera - Discussion 4I
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### Difference between -> and <->

When calculating Q , does it matter whether it's written as R<->P or R->P? Is it different because R->P doesn't have a reverse reaction rate(or does it)?

Jasmine Fendi 1D
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### Re: Difference between -> and <->

<-> means that the reaction is at equilibrium so there is a forward reaction and reverse reaction

Isha_Maniyar_Dis2E
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### Re: Difference between -> and <->

I assume you're referring to that problem on Q in the textbook. Generally, for Q, you are observing a reaction at a certain point, so you are only looking at a certain direction of the reaction

Hope this helped!

Phuong Tran 1G
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### Re: Difference between -> and <->

When calculating Q, you are only going in one direction because Q could be calculated regardless of whether or not the reaction is in equilibrium.

William Francis 2E
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### Re: Difference between -> and <->

<-> means a reaction is at equilibrium while -> means the reaction is overall travelling in one direction. It doesn't matter which is used in an equation when computing Q since Q values can be calculated for reactions at equilibrium as well as for reactions not at equilibrium.