Solids and liquids

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Solids and liquids

Postby Ghadir Seder 1G » Mon Jan 13, 2020 4:19 pm

Why are solids and liquids not included in the equilibrium constant? Is it because solids don't dissolve in the solution?

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Re: Solids and liquids

Postby Chem_Mod » Mon Jan 13, 2020 4:22 pm

Solids and liquids are pure substances, and their concentrations do not change over the course of the reaction (i.e. do not affect amount of reactant present). Yes, you are correct that solids will not have a concentration because concentration is mol/L, which doesn't make sense for an undissolved solid (a dissolved solid would instead be aqueous (aq) and be included in the equilibrium constant equation). For liquids, they are usually the solvent and in huge excess, so the change in concentration is negligible and approximated to be 0. Therefore, we omit them from K.

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Re: Solids and liquids

Postby Jordan Young 2J » Mon Jan 13, 2020 4:23 pm

Solids don't have concentrations because it doesn't make sense for solids to have a concentration. The concentration of liquids (which are usually solvents) don't change that much during a reaction so it is therefore not included in the equilibrium expression.

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Re: Solids and liquids

Postby Michellekim1H » Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:51 pm

Solids and liquids aren't included in the equation because the equation takes into account concentration. It's common sense that solids don't have concentration whereas for liquids, since most are solvents in large excess, it would not really affect the reaction. Therefore, we can just remove solids and liquids from the equation.

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Re: Solids and liquids

Postby Manav Govil 1B » Sun Jan 19, 2020 4:55 pm

Think about it. We are focusing in on an equilibrium reaction between concentrations or gases. If we were to take in account for solids and liquids, we would have to take into account another form of k - muddling up the equation.

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