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water

Posted: Sat Dec 08, 2018 10:33 pm
by alanaarchbold
Why are there double arrows in reactions with water?

Re: water

Posted: Sat Dec 08, 2018 10:39 pm
by Iona Pay
Double headed arrows usually indicate that a reaction can go either forwards (towards the products) or backwards (towards the reactants).

Re: water

Posted: Sat Dec 08, 2018 10:40 pm
by Kathryn Wilhem 1I
The double arrows represent equilibrium reactions.

Re: water

Posted: Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:44 pm
by Aili Ye 4L
Double arrows show that the reaction can proceed both forwards or backwards depending on the equilibrium constant.

Re: water

Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:10 am
by alanaarchbold
but why does water always seem to be in an equilibrium reaction? does it basically mean that if it's mixed with water it will always be switching back and forth between the reactants and products?