## Visualizing Equilibrium

$aR \to bP, Rate = -\frac{1}{a} \frac{d[R]}{dt} = \frac{1}{b}\frac{d[P]}{dt}$

Ray Huang 1G
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### Visualizing Equilibrium

For question 7 in chapter 11 6th edition how do we visualize the equilibrium of a reaction? From what I can tell there is not a very compelling reason to say flask 3 is a better representation of equilibrium than flask 4 or vice versa. Both flasks have molecules that are kinda spread out and the ratio of X to X2 is the same. Is there something I'm missing?

Mona Lee 4L
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### Re: Visualizing Equilibrium

Both flask 3 and 4 are at equilibrium. The diagram displays the dissociation over time, so flask 3 is merely the first instance when the flask reaches equilibrium. The fact that flask 3 and 4 have the same ratios is a clear sign that the reaction has reached equilibrium in flask 3.