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Unformatted text preview: lose or gain energy (in the form of heat , work , or both ). Lowering the energy of the system Systems tend to attain as low an energy as possible Systems with a high potential energy are less stable and more likely to undergo change than systems with a low potential energy. Like a shopping cart at the top of a hill, chemical reactants move spontaneously toward a lower potential energy when possible ....
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This note was uploaded on 11/22/2011 for the course CHEMISTRY CHM1025 taught by Professor Laurachoudry during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.
- Fall '10