Whether the thermodynamic term “spontaneous” refers to a process that takes place quickly is to be determined. Concept introduction: A process that takes place without any interference from the outside is called a spontaneous process. For a spontaneous process, the Gibbs free energy is always negative, that is, it always decreases. For a nonspontaneous process, the Gibbs free energy is always positive, that is, it always increases.

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Biochemistry

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Mary K. Campbell + 2 others
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9th Edition
Mary K. Campbell + 2 others
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781305961135

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Chapter 1, Problem 33RE
Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation:

Whether the thermodynamic term “spontaneous” refers to a process that takes place quickly is to be determined.

Concept introduction:

A process that takes place without any interference from the outside is called a spontaneous process.

For a spontaneous process, the Gibbs free energy is always negative, that is, it always decreases.

For a nonspontaneous process, the Gibbs free energy is always positive, that is, it always increases.

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