Catalyst and equilibrium constant


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Peter Dis1G
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Catalyst and equilibrium constant

Postby Peter Dis1G » Wed Mar 14, 2018 12:26 pm

On chapter 15.14 it says "a catalyst has no effect on the equilibrium composition. both forward and reverse reactions are accelerated on the catalyzed path,leaving th equilibrium constant unchanged." Does it mean the catalyst has no effect on K?

Nha Dang 2I
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Re: Catalyst and equilibrium constant

Postby Nha Dang 2I » Wed Mar 14, 2018 12:36 pm

Yes, K doesn't change when a catalyst is added.

Rana YT 2L
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Re: Catalyst and equilibrium constant

Postby Rana YT 2L » Sun Mar 18, 2018 12:10 am

the equilibrium constant does not change but the k that is the rate constant does change

Katelyn B 2E
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Re: Catalyst and equilibrium constant

Postby Katelyn B 2E » Sun Mar 18, 2018 1:02 am

A catalyst won't affect the equilibrium constant k, which is the ratio of products to reactants when a reversible chemical reaction reaches equilibrium at a given temperature. However, because catalysts increase the rate of a reaction, it can affect rate constant k. Be cognizant of which k constant is involved in the problem.


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