signs of G with different values of K






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Clarice Chui 2C
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signs of G with different values of K

Postby Clarice Chui 2C » Sun Feb 16, 2020 1:22 pm

Why is delta G positive when K is less than one and vice versa?

peteryim
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Re: signs of G with different values of K

Postby peteryim » Sun Feb 16, 2020 1:31 pm

For the delta G equation at equilibrium, you take the natural log of K. If K is less than 1 but greater than 0 (so a fraction) then the value of the natural log will be a negative number. That's why it will be negative.

Jonathan Gong 2H
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Re: signs of G with different values of K

Postby Jonathan Gong 2H » Sun Feb 16, 2020 1:31 pm

delta G is positive when K is less than 1 because the equation is dG = -RTlnK. When K is less than one, lnK is negative, which cancels out the negative sign and makes delta G positive. Vice versa, when K is greater than 1, lnK is positive, which makes delta G negative.

Sofia Barker 2C
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Re: signs of G with different values of K

Postby Sofia Barker 2C » Sun Feb 16, 2020 3:31 pm

Delta G is positive when K is less than one because the ln of a fraction is a negative number. Since there is a negative sign in the equation delta G = -RT ln K, the two negatives cancel and the overall value is positive.


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