Campbell Biology (10th Edition)

Published by Pearson
ISBN 10: 0321775651
ISBN 13: 978-0-32177-565-8

Chapter 8 - 8.4 - Concept Check: 1

Answer

Reaction speed is not related to reaction spontaneity. Often, sufficient activation energy is not available to allow many reactions to occur right away-- thus, the reaction is slow, even when spontaneous.

Work Step by Step

Review this concept in the book, paying attention to the concept of activation energy and how it is the barrier to fast reactions. Enzymes speed reactions by lowering the activation energy threshold.
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