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alanaarchbold
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water

Postby alanaarchbold » Sat Dec 08, 2018 10:33 pm

Why are there double arrows in reactions with water?

Iona Pay
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Re: water

Postby Iona Pay » Sat Dec 08, 2018 10:39 pm

Double headed arrows usually indicate that a reaction can go either forwards (towards the products) or backwards (towards the reactants).

Kathryn Wilhem 1I
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Re: water

Postby Kathryn Wilhem 1I » Sat Dec 08, 2018 10:40 pm

The double arrows represent equilibrium reactions.

Aili Ye 4L
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Re: water

Postby Aili Ye 4L » Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:44 pm

Double arrows show that the reaction can proceed both forwards or backwards depending on the equilibrium constant.

alanaarchbold
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Re: water

Postby alanaarchbold » Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:10 am

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?


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