• anonymous
Can someone please help me understand what happens to a system when it is in equilibrium in terms of the rates of the forward and reverse reactions. Is the reaction still occuring?
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  • Sinbearciante
At equilibrium the rate of the forward reaction equals that of the reverse. So, technically, yes, the reaction is still occurring (unless, of course, the rate is 0, which is not generally the case). Thus there is no net change in the concentrations of the products and reactants. At chemical equilibrium your reaction quotient, Q, is equal to the equilibrium constant, Keq. Hopefully that clears up some things for you! If not, Id be happy to delve deeper into the matter to help explain.
  • anonymous
Thanks for explaining. It helped out alot.

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