Kinetics – Chemical Kinetics
Throughout much of this book we have emphasized the description of a system in terms of an equilibrium state. This approach is invaluable when we are beginning study and are not sure exactly what are the elements and the linkages that comprise the rules of the system under study. Still it seems to be a compulsive pulse taking that is stodgy. We really want to get to the visceral issue of our curiosity; what are the details of how it works: what are the wheels and gears of the system? That question is not always easily answered and as we will see in the following section is often approached using the thermodynamic tools we have already discussed. After all, knowing how the wheels and gears are arranged is invaluable when trying to understand how a machine works.