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Knowing it's an Equilibrium Reaction

Posted: Fri Jan 10, 2020 11:28 pm
by Megan Cao 1I
Are all equilibrium equations told that they are able to reach an equilibrium? or are there characteristics that help identify that the reaction is able to reach an equilibrium? I know that the special arrow (⇌) helps indicate it, but are there any other ways to recognize that the reaction has a reversible reaction?

Re: Knowing it's an Equilibrium Reaction

Posted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 9:38 am
by Fiona Latifi 1A
I believe that at least for this class, we will be told when a reaction is reversible. The double arrow is an easy way to determine this.

Re: Knowing it's an Equilibrium Reaction

Posted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 9:44 am
by Hui Qiao Wu 1I
I think that the double arrow is the only way to recognize an equilibrium equation, unless otherwise specified in the problem. Another characteristic of equilibrium equations is that their concentrations have to remain constant.

Re: Knowing it's an Equilibrium Reaction

Posted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 9:51 am
by kausalya_1k
I also agree that there needs to be a double arrow in the equation for us to know that it is able to reach equilibrium. The definition of chemical equilibrium is the point at which the forward reaction and the reverse reaction are occurring at the same rate. Therefore, the equation must be able to have both a forward and reverse reaction for equilibrium to be achievable.

Re: Knowing it's an Equilibrium Reaction

Posted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 11:19 am
by 005333065
I think in this class we will be given the double arrow, as it is an easy way to understand if the reaction is reversible or not.