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Unformatted text preview: B, which depends only on the thermodynamic properties of A and B and not on C,D …) are independently valid for any pair of chemicals A and B in the system. This statement is known as the principle of detailed balance. You can see that the above formula guarantees that the concentrations do not change in time. For example, we have d[A]/dt =  ­ kA→B[A] + kB→A[B]  ­ kA→C[A] + kC→A[C] ­… = 0 (*) Detailed balance is a sufficient condition for the concentrations to stay constant (i.e., to be in a steady state) but it is not a necessary condition because it is conceivable that Eq. (*) is true even when there is no cancellation for the forward and...
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