## Irreversible and reversible reactions

$\Delta U=q+w$

GabrielaGutierrez2A
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### Irreversible and reversible reactions

What is the difference between reversible and irreversible reactions at equilibrium? Why are do reversible reactions have the maximum amount of work done?

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### Re: Irreversible and reversible reactions

Reversible reactions at equilibrium means that once the reactants form the products, the products can form the reactions again using the same amount of energy. A irreversible reaction at equilibrium means that once the reactants make the products, the reactants can not be formed again by the products.

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### Re: Irreversible and reversible reactions

Can someone explain how the equations for an irreversible and reversible reaction differ conceptually? I understand how with the reversible process reactants can be formed again, but how can this be explained through the equations? What makes each equation reversible or not?