Pre-equilibrium approach

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Lauryn Shinno 2H
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Pre-equilibrium approach

Postby Lauryn Shinno 2H » Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:07 pm

When do you leave the equilibrium constants and when do you substitute k/k'? For example, in the one Dr. Lavelle did in lecture, he got rate=2k2*K*[NO]^2*[O2]. He then replaced K with k1/k1' to get rate=2k2*k1/k1'*[NO]^2*[O2]. Do you always replace K or are there times where you have to leave it in?

Jessica Castro 2H
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Re: Pre-equilibrium approach

Postby Jessica Castro 2H » Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:37 pm

Since K is unitless, it is better to try to replace K with k/k' when possible to be consistent with units. It is also easier to understand the concentrations of the reactants when k is used instead of K.

Emily Huang 1E
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Re: Pre-equilibrium approach

Postby Emily Huang 1E » Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:49 pm

replacing K helps with understanding the rate of the reactions. When writing the rate law, you use rate constants and not K as K just means the reaction is at equilibrium, Having k/k' is more representative of rates in relation to concentration

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