Chemical Reactions focuses on the most important part of chemistry, the reaction. As described in the previous section, a chemical reaction is the change of one type of matter to another; from condensing water to cellular metabolism, reactions occur all around us. In some way, almost all of chemistry contributes to the understanding of observed reactions, so what better place to begin our in-depth exploration of this science? This section will describe the important concepts of reaction equilibrium, rates of reaction, and what factors can affect the process of a chemical reaction.
In this chapter, we'll look into:
Types of Reactions
Limiting Reagents and Theoretical Yield
Product- and Reactant-Favored Reactions
K, the Equilibrium Constant
Le Chatlier's Principle
Rates of Reaction
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