Inert Gases


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Tamera Scott 1G
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Inert Gases

Postby Tamera Scott 1G » Wed Jan 09, 2019 4:19 pm

Does anyone know why increasing pressure by introducing an inert gas have no effect on the equilibrium composition?

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Re: Inert Gases

Postby Arman M 1A » Wed Jan 09, 2019 4:36 pm


Charles Hood Disc 1C
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Re: Inert Gases

Postby Charles Hood Disc 1C » Wed Jan 09, 2019 4:36 pm

Most likely it's because inert gases won't react (because they have full valence shells), therefore they won't change the chemical equation in any way.

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Re: Inert Gases

Postby Stevin1H » Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:24 am

Increasing the pressure using inert gas has no effect on the equilibrium composition because the inert gas does not react with the molecules in the system. It is important to remember that the system does not respond to a change in pressure, rather it responds to a change in concentration. Increasing the pressure through specifically a change in the volume will affect the concentration of the reactants and products in the reaction. However, over time, after the system responds to the change in volume, the system will reach back to equilibrium with the same ratio of products to reactants.


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