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How is chelation related to equilibriums?

  1. Dec 9, 2011 #1
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    The chemical equation of a chelating agent with a metal ion is an equilibrium reaction.

    I'm totally lost. :(
     
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  3. Dec 11, 2011 #2

    epenguin

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    You give no context but I suppose it is meant that the formation of the chelate is a very very fast reaction that you will not be able to watch happening by any ordinary means and ordinary timescale, you will always see it at equilibrium. Like protonation-deprotonation.
    I am sure there will be an oddball exception known.
     
  4. Dec 11, 2011 #3

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