11.37 6th Edition

Alexa Tabakian 1A
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11.37 6th Edition

I was wondering if anyone could explain how to find the partial pressures of N2, H2, and NH3 when only given that K=41. Do we have to involve constants from a table?

Cody Do 2F
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Re: 11.37 6th Edition

We know that for the equation N2 + 3H2 <-> 2NH3 K= 41. When we write it out:
K= PNH32/(PN2)(PH2)3 = 41

For part a, the equation given is 2NH3 <-> N2 + 3 H2. Thus they are looking for K where:
K= (PN2)(PH2)3/PNH32 = 41
When you look at it, this is essentially the inverse of the K value given (41). Thus, to solve part a, you need to do 1/41, which will give a value of 0.024.

For part b, the equation provided is the original equation square rooted, so solve for the square root of 41 = 6.4.

For part c, the equation provided is the original equation squared, so solve for the square of 41, which gives 1.7 x 103

Kayla Vo 1B
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Re: 11.37 6th Edition

In other words for part A, you are looking for the equilibrium constant of the reverse reaction. Since we know that K=41 for the forward reaction, K for the reverse reaction would be the inverse of that of the forward reaction. Thus, the equilibrium constant of the reverse reaction would be aka
1/41.

Since the coefficients of the reactants and products are halved, the equilibrium constant would equal to . Therefore, the equilibrium constant would equal to .

For part c, the coefficients of the reactants and products are doubled. Therefore, the equilibrium constant equals to where n equals to 2 since that is the factor. As a result, the equilibrium constant would equal to .

Matthew Tran 1H
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Re: 11.37 6th Edition

Remember that the equilibrium constant is a ratio. That means that you can technically have an infinite number of partial pressures, but their ratio will be the same. Basically, you can have high partial pressures or low partial pressures, but at equilibrium their ratio is equal to the equilibrium constant. So, if you are given only the value of K then you cannot know the partial pressures. If you are given 2 partial pressures then you can find the other partial pressure if there are 3 total products and reactants.

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