Equilibrium Reactions

  • Philipp O. J. SchererEmail author
  • Sighart F. Fischer
Part of the Biological and Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering book series (BIOMEDICAL)


In this chapter we study chemical equilibrium reactions. In thermal equilibrium of forward and backward reactions, the overall reaction rate vanishes and the ratio of the rate constants gives the equilibrium constant which usually shows an exponential dependence on the inverse temperature. We derive the van’t Hoff relation for the equilibrium constant and discuss its statistical interpretation.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Physikdepartment T38Technische Universität MünchenGarchingGermany

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