## Solving for K when only given balanced equation [ENDORSED]

Andrea_Torres
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### Solving for K when only given balanced equation

When solving for K when you don't have any values is there a reason why we use P?

Parker Smith
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### Re: Solving for K when only given balanced equation

Partial pressures can be calculated since we know the total pressure of the system.

Haley Dveirin 1E
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### Re: Solving for K when only given balanced equation

partial pressure is used for gasses. for aqueous things you don't need partial pressure.

205150314
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### Re: Solving for K when only given balanced equation

P is for partial pressure, usually used when the reaction only has gases and no aqueous solutions

Isha_Maniyar_Dis2E
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### Re: Solving for K when only given balanced equation  [ENDORSED]

P has nothing to do with whether we have the values or not, it just indicates that we are talking about partial pressure instead of concentration. Usually, you use partial pressure when the substances in the reaction are gases (as opposed to aqueous solutions).

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kausalya_1k
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### Re: Solving for K when only given balanced equation

The P is used to denote partial pressures. To solve for K for gases, you would use P to denote partial pressure. However, if you are asked to solve for Kc, you use the [] concentrations (as the c in Kc stands for concentration).

Jasmine Kim 1L
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### Re: Solving for K when only given balanced equation

P is used to indicate that the reactants and products are gases. You will know to use P if every molecule has a (g) after them, such as Cl2(g).
If you were asked to solve K and weren't given any values, the question was probably just asking for the expression. Then, you would use the brackets [] for aqueous reactions or P for gases.