"Steady State"

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"Steady State"

Postby 804580874 » Sun Nov 15, 2015 12:36 pm

What is the difference between steady state and equilibrium?

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Re: "Steady State"

Postby Samantha Miceli 3J » Sun Nov 15, 2015 4:14 pm

From what I have read it looks like the main difference is this:
In equilibrium, the rates of the forward and reverse reactions are equal and therefore there is no net change. In a steady state reaction, which can be represented as A->B->C, the reactants (A) and products (C ) are changing, while the intermediate (B) is constant because its synthesis and composition rates are equal. Therefore, a steady state does not necessarily have to be in equilibrium for some components to be constant.
If it helps, here is a link that I found useful to understand the steady state:

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