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K and Kc

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 9:05 pm
by Jacqueline Duong 1H
What is the difference between K and Kc, and when do we know to use which one?

Re: K and Kc

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 9:54 pm
by Sara Lakamsani 4D
K can be used interchangeably to refer to the equilibrium constant using partial pressures or concentration. Sometimes you will see Kp when using partial pressures or Kc when using concentrations. If there is no subscript, partial pressures are probably being used, but you should be able to tell based on the info they give you in the problem.

Re: K and Kc

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 9:57 pm
by Sara Lakamsani 4D
Hope this helps!

Re: K and Kc

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 10:00 pm
by mbaker4E
K and Kc can be the same thing, but Kc refers specifically to concentration while Kp refers to partial pressures.

Re: K and Kc

Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 3:51 pm
by lukezhang2C
K and Kc can mean similar things depending on the context of the problem, but Kp would mean partial pressures while Kc would mean concentration.

Re: K and Kc

Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 3:58 pm
by Gillian Ward 1F
K and Kc are basically the same thing, except that Kc specifically means concentrations like Kp would refer to partial pressures.

Re: K and Kc

Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 4:02 pm
by paytonm1H
Kc is the equilibrium constant with respect to the equilibrium concentrations. Kp is with respect to equilibrium partial pressures (for gases). K is one of these two.