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Consider the following exothermic gas phase reaction: 2CO + O2 -> 2CO2. Would the reaction be spontaneous at high temperature, low temperature, or all temperatures? Explain.

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Physical chemistry defines a spontaneous reaction as one which occurs without any external influence. The oxidation of carbon monoxide is exothermic which means that it goes from left to right with the liberation of heat. An important question arises here: Are all exothermic reactions spontaneous? The answer is : No, not ...

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