Chemistry - Equilibrium
Most of the chemical reactions encountered in the early stages of any
study of chemistry are assumed to go to completion, i.e. proceed until one
reactant is totally consumed. In many reacting systems, however, the
reaction appears to stop with substantial amounts of all reactants still
Such systems involve equilibrium reactions, which are an integral part of
many of our body processes and the industrial production of chemicals.
Appreciation of the principles of equilibrium and the control and
manipulation of equilibrium systems requires an enhanced understanding of
the nature of chemical reactions.
This area of study examines a range of factors, including reaction
conditions, that influence the progress of chemical reactions both in the
laboratory and in industry.
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