Catalysts and equilibrium constant

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Nick_Kopooshian_3C
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Catalysts and equilibrium constant

Postby Nick_Kopooshian_3C » Fri Feb 24, 2017 11:23 am

Would the equilibrium become greater in the presence of a catalyst?

Brandon Ho 1J
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Re: Catalysts and equilibrium constant

Postby Brandon Ho 1J » Fri Feb 24, 2017 12:04 pm

I'm not too sure what you mean by equilibrium, but a catalyst speeds up a reaction by lowering activation energy. If the reaction is at equilibrium, I think the equilibrium constants don't change if you add a catalyst.

Nick_Kopooshian_3C
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Re: Catalysts and equilibrium constant

Postby Nick_Kopooshian_3C » Fri Feb 24, 2017 1:41 pm

Sorry, equilibrium constant*

Cris Yuan 2I
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Re: Catalysts and equilibrium constant

Postby Cris Yuan 2I » Sat Feb 25, 2017 11:59 am

Since catalysts speed up forward and reverse reactions to the same extent, the addition of a catalyst should not affect equilibrium constant.

Brandon_Phan_3J
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Re: Catalysts and equilibrium constant

Postby Brandon_Phan_3J » Sun Feb 26, 2017 12:20 am

A catalyst just provides a different pathway for the reaction to occur at a lower activation energy, this will not affect the value of the equilibrium constant.


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