Everyday Life Experiences & Chemical Equilibrium

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Everyday life experiences and chemical equilibrium guide how reactants behave throughout our daily lives. Find out about everyday experiences and chemical equilibrium with help from an experienced chemistry professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Robin Higgins, and this is everyday life experiences in chemical equilibrium. So, chemical equilibrium is one of the most important concepts in chemistry, and it really guides how we view all of our reactants turning into products and what the relationship between any type of chemical reaction is. But, let's ground it for this lesson, and kind of think of an example we can all wrap our minds around, and so I've drawn a lovely fish wall today. And so imagine any fish bowl you have some sweet little fishes here. If let's say we just have six fish in this fish bowl. Now, they're pretty much going to spread out like this, and kind of each have their own space, but let's say for whatever reason they're both swimming back and forth, and they all end up on one of the sides of the fish tank. So, this is an example of something that's gone out of equilibrium, and so if you've ever watched fish swimming around before, you know that if they're all clumped together like this, then eventually pretty soon some of the fish are going to start swimming in the other direction, and before long, they're gonna be spread out again. And so this is an example in your everyday life of how equilibrium really does work, and you're not gonna have random pockets that are just always really clumped together, and aren't in a natural state of equilibrium. So, I'm Robin Higgins, and this has been every day life experiences and chemical equilibrium.


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