It just doesn't make any sense, if a reaction occurs because the reactants go into a lower energy state, then there should be no such thing as equilibrium. right? Because that would mean that the products are going back into their higher energy states..... Is it just some sort of random chance that they keep changing form?

  • $\begingroup$ Everything tends to a lower energy state, that's the reason spontaneous reaction occur without absorbing any energy. But when you supply energy to some substances they will show some molecular activity. $\endgroup$
    – user23923
    Mar 8, 2016 at 18:44
  • $\begingroup$ So there is equilibrium because the products re-absorb the energy? But why? why don't they just release that energy in some other form besides enthalpy? $\endgroup$
    – HErO
    Mar 8, 2016 at 19:14
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    $\begingroup$ @bluebellae I'm afraid your comment is bad, not the question. $\endgroup$
    – Mithoron
    Mar 8, 2016 at 19:22
  • $\begingroup$ See chemistry.stackexchange.com/questions/4/… $\endgroup$
    – Mithoron
    Mar 8, 2016 at 19:22
  • $\begingroup$ chemistry.stackexchange.com/questions/44919/… and chemistry.stackexchange.com/questions/7260/… are related $\endgroup$
    – Mithoron
    Mar 8, 2016 at 19:26


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