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Temperature Dependence of K

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 12:13 pm
by Olivia Young 1A
I am a little confused on the meaning of temperature dependence of K in the Van't Hoff equation. Does is just mean that the value of K can change depending on the temperature?

Re: Temperature Dependence of K

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 12:16 pm
by Sara Flynn 2C
Yes, the equation is just demonstrating the concept that we previously learned that K changes depending on the temperature at which the reaction is taking place

Re: Temperature Dependence of K

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 1:26 pm
by Sam Joslyn 1G
I believe Lavelle basically just described the Van't Hoff equation as concrete evidence for the statement made earlier in the course. Before, we had to just know that temperature changed K, but this equation shows how exactly it does that.

Re: Temperature Dependence of K

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 1:27 pm
by Jesse Kuehn 1B
yeah you can also think about it in terms of the Le Chatlier's principle with how heat affects what sides of equations are favored, if one side of the equation is more favored at a different heat, then the there will be greater concentration of molecules on that side and the K value would shift. Hoff's equation just quantifies this idea

Re: Temperature Dependence of K

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 2:48 pm
by Jayasuriya Senthilvelan 4I
I agree with the above answers. We learned in the equilibrium chapter how K changes based on whether a reaction is endothermic or exothermic. The Van T' Hoff equation just quantifies the conceptual understanding that we gained in the past. With it, we can calculate the actual change in K value for certain reactions. We basically don't have to say that K increases or decreases, we can actually calculate what it inc or decreases to.

Re: Temperature Dependence of K

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 3:02 pm
by Sydney Tay 2B
The Van't Hoff equation allows people to find the new equilibrium constant (K) when temperature changes, knowing the values of enthalpy and entropy.