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catalyst and equilibrium constant

Posted: Tue Mar 12, 2019 5:22 pm
by Noh_Jasmine_1J
if a catalyst affects the rate constant and rate constants of forward and reverse reactions can be used to find equilibrium constant then why does the catalyst not affect the equilibrium constant?

Re: catalyst and equilibrium constant

Posted: Tue Mar 12, 2019 6:02 pm
by Jesse Kuehn 1B
Its because the catalyst affects each rate constant proportionally, the forward and reverse rate will increase proportionally which will not change the equilibrium constant

Re: catalyst and equilibrium constant

Posted: Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:54 pm
by Noah Fox 1E
Don't we also have to keep the catalysts saturated with reactants? Or am I misrembering it.