Posted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 1:55 am
Hi, were we encouraged not to use the word "shift" in class? In which circumstances would it be appropriate?
Re: Terminology [ENDORSED]
Posted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 10:03 am
Using shift is fine, but it is better to describe the reaction as either sitting to the left, if there are more reactants, or sitting to the right, if there are more products. Maybe, I am not sure considering we didn't do LeChatelier's Principle yet, if you have to describe which way the reaction will move towards or "shift" I guess you can say is based on temperature increases/decreases or other factors from LeChatelier's Principle. I don't think you have to really worry about that right now. I would recommend using 'sitting to the left or right' as a more appropriate definition describing the reaction; you can use shift too if you feel more comfortable with it (I believe Dr. Lavelle has mentioned that in class).
Hope this helps!