After recently studying about chemical equilibrium, I was convinced that the forward and backward reaction rates meet each other at equilibrium.
However thinking about zeroth order reaction annoyed me a little, as I could not figure out how the rates would become equal, if at all, in cases where the rate remains static throughout. Here's what I guessed:
- The backward reaction of a zeroth order reaction must not be a zeroth order reaction in itself, so that it may reach the reaction rate equivalence point at equilibrium.But then this generalization is difficult to digest (for me).
- A zeroth order reaction can not attain equilibrium (highly unlikely).