Shifted VS Lie

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Dayanara Ruiz
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Shifted VS Lie

Postby Dayanara Ruiz » Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:07 am

What is the difference between the wording of a problem with:
a.) Reaction is said to "lie" to the left?
b.) Equilibrium is said to be "shifted" to the left?

Janine Chan 2K
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Re: Shifted VS Lie

Postby Janine Chan 2K » Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:15 am

When the reaction lies to left, there are more reactants than products. If the equilibrium is shifted to the left, there are more products than reactants. Equilibrium will shift to the side with fewer moles, so if there are products, equilibrium will shift to the reactant side (left side).

Michael Lee 2I
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Re: Shifted VS Lie

Postby Michael Lee 2I » Fri Nov 24, 2017 11:59 pm

I think they would rather have us say that the equilibrium sits/lies to the left or right. Using the word shift implies that there is a movement and change which is not true.

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