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How can you tell when a molecule is more stable given the equilibrium constant? The textbook uses the reasoning that a larger equilibrium constant (for example F2 in comparison to Cl2) to explain that Cl2 is more stable relative to its atoms @ 1000K and I was wondering if someone could explain that a little further
the equilibrium constant is a ratio between concentration of products and reactants. if this value is greater than one, that means the numerator (products) are more prevalent, indicating that they are more stable. On the other hand, if this value is less than one, then the denominator (reactants) are more substantial, and they are more stable than the products
I think the stability of a reaction also has to do with how naturally favored it is to incline to either the products or the reactants. Say the products are more stable than the reactants. Then that means that it would require less energy to form the products than the reactants, hence why the reaction would be product favored and this reasoning could be used viced versa as well.
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