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Chemical Reactions

Kinetics and Thermodynamics

What makes a reaction happen spontaneously?

A spontaneous chemical reaction is one for which the associated change in Gibbs free energy is negative. The fact that a reaction is spontaneous actually doesn’t tell us anything about how quickly the reaction takes place, though. A spontaneous reaction may happen very quickly or take thousands of years!



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