Quadratic formula

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Quadratic formula

Postby sid bauer » Sun Jul 30, 2017 2:17 pm

I understand that when you apply the quadratic formula, you get two values (one of which is typically negative). What is the concept behind the reason why you would NOT use the negative number to plug back into the equilibrium equation?

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Re: Quadratic formula

Postby Chem_Mod » Sun Jul 30, 2017 4:31 pm

Because it is not possible to have a negative concentration.

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Re: Quadratic formula

Postby Odalis Section 1E » Sun Jul 30, 2017 6:16 pm

I want to add that you also don't use the number that is less than the initial concentration because once again you might be getting a negative concentration.

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