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Catalysts and equilibrium constant

Posted: Fri Feb 24, 2017 11:23 am
by Nick_Kopooshian_3C
Would the equilibrium become greater in the presence of a catalyst?

Re: Catalysts and equilibrium constant

Posted: Fri Feb 24, 2017 12:04 pm
by Brandon Ho 1J
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.

Re: Catalysts and equilibrium constant

Posted: Fri Feb 24, 2017 1:41 pm
by Nick_Kopooshian_3C
Sorry, equilibrium constant*

Re: Catalysts and equilibrium constant

Posted: Sat Feb 25, 2017 11:59 am
by Cris Yuan 2I
Since catalysts speed up forward and reverse reactions to the same extent, the addition of a catalyst should not affect equilibrium constant.

Re: Catalysts and equilibrium constant

Posted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 12:20 am
by Brandon_Phan_3J
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.