Research Papers in Physics and Astronomy


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May 1952


The Journal of Chemical Physics -- July 1952 -- Volume 20, Issue 7, pp. 1182-1183. Copyright 1952. Permission to use.


In seeming contradiction to usual deductions from thermodynamics, it has been shown by De Donderi on the basis of his affinity function, by Prigogine2 on the basis of the Chapman- Enskog model, and by Manes, Hofer, and Wellers using purely mathematical methods, that the rate of a chemical reaction close to equilibrium is directly proportional to the free energy difference between reactants and products. This relation may be shown to be a consequence of the theory of absolute reaction rates, also.

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