If you’re reading this, then you’ve probably heard of chemical equilibrium before. But if not, don’t worry! I’ll spend the next few minutes giving a brief overview to help get you up to speed on what it is and why understanding it is so important.
Chemical equilibrium occurs when two or more reactants are present in an environment that has a constant temperature and pressure; they will reach an equilibrium point where there is no net change in their concentration over time. This means that if left undisturbed for long enough (usually hours), those substances won’t be able to move around anymore – which makes them great for reactions like baking soda and vinegar volcanoes!
Let’s take a look at an example: You’re baking a cake, and you want to bake it for exactly 20 minutes. If you leave the oven door open during those 20 minutes, what would happen? The gases that are released from the batter will react with oxygen in the air and create carbon dioxide bubbles – which is why if we keep doing this over time (baking cakes), our pressure cooker or can of whipped cream might explode!
As long as there’s still some reaction happening between these two substances, they’ll stay mixed in together; but when they stop reacting completely (which happens after about 24 hours), then we’ve reached chemical equilibrium. If all goes well up until now, your baked goods should turn out just