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In terms of thermodynamics a reversible reaction has no change in entropy, so no extra energy is needed to reverse the reaction. Irreversible reactions on the other hand cause an entropy increase to reverse the reaction.
In a irreversible reaction, the reactants react to form the products, which cannot revert back into reactants. In reversible reactions, as the reactants react with other reactants to form products, the products are reacting with other products to form reactants
A reversible process is one where the system is always at a point of equilibrium whereas the irreversible process is one where the system is not always at equilibrium. Also, reversible processes tend to do more work.
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