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In the presence of a catalyst, both the forward and reverse reaction rates will speed up equally, thereby allowing the system to reach equilibrium faster. However, the addition of a catalyst has no effect whatsoever on the final equilibrium position of the reaction. It simply gets it there faster. You can see the effect of a catalyst in this depiction: https://figures.boundless.com/11611/full/catalysisscheme.png
Catalysts can also lower the overall activation energy needed to begin a reaction. This is more from a biological standpoint, but it still is the same concept: catalysts can aid a reaction in starting with lower energy or help the reaction speed up. I think this would translate into a graph by where the initial energy stands.
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