Difference between equilibrium constant and rate constant


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emilyharland
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Difference between equilibrium constant and rate constant

Postby emilyharland » Mon Mar 13, 2017 6:53 pm

What is the difference between these two constants and what are they each describing in a reaction?

Swati_Sharma_2D
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Re: Difference between equilibrium constant and rate constant

Postby Swati_Sharma_2D » Mon Mar 13, 2017 8:21 pm

The equilibrium constant, K eq is the ratio of the equilibrium concentrations of the products over the equilibrium concentrations of the reactants. This is if you are given a chemical equation and the concentrations could be in molars or sometimes in partial pressures.

The rate constant, k, is used in kinetics when describing the rate of a reaction. The general formula is Rate = k times the concentrations of the reactants of the slow step (not including intermediates). It depends on temperature.

Overall, they both utilize molar concentrations but stand for very different things.


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