Clarification on R and P Calculations

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Achang1L
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Clarification on R and P Calculations

Postby Achang1L » Sat Nov 12, 2016 1:06 pm

So when there are brackets surrounding the R and P, it means to put in the molar masses, but when you're looking for Kp, you use the pressure of each element?

michaeljwilson3
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Re: Clarification on R and P Calculations

Postby michaeljwilson3 » Sat Nov 12, 2016 1:16 pm

I also have a question. Why is it that solids and liquids are not included in the R and P calculations?

Alyssa Chan 3B
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Re: Clarification on R and P Calculations

Postby Alyssa Chan 3B » Sat Nov 12, 2016 2:12 pm

The brackets indicate the molar concentrations of the R and P, not molar masses.
Kp measures equilibrium for gas pressures, so you use the partial pressures of R and P.

Solids and liquids aren't included in the equilibrium calculations because their molar concentrations don't change in a reaction.


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