The Significance of K

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The Significance of K

Postby ALegala_2I » Mon Jan 06, 2020 4:51 pm

When do you use Kc vs Kp?

christabellej 1F
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Re: The Significance of K

Postby christabellej 1F » Mon Jan 06, 2020 4:53 pm

You would use Kc when you are given molarity/concentrations of the reactants and products. If you are given partial pressure values, you can use Kp.

Sydney Myers 4I
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Re: The Significance of K

Postby Sydney Myers 4I » Mon Jan 06, 2020 4:55 pm

Kc is the equilibrium constant calculated using the concentrations of the products and reactants, while Kp is the equilibrium constant calculated using the partial pressures of the products and reactants.

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Re: The Significance of K

Postby Paul Hage 2G » Mon Jan 06, 2020 5:31 pm

Also, Kp can only be used for gas phase reactions (because an aqueous reactant or product would not have a partial pressure value), whereas the Kc constant can be used for reactions where both gaseous and aqueous reactants/products would need to be considered while calculating the equilibrium constant.

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Re: The Significance of K

Postby sarahforman_Dis2I » Mon Jan 06, 2020 5:48 pm

Typically, molarity/concentration units are given when the products and reactants are in aqueous solution whereas partial pressure is given when the reactants and products are all in the gas phase. Ultimately, however, Kc and Kp give you the same information about a reaction.

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Re: The Significance of K

Postby Michelle N - 2C » Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:31 pm

In general, the significance of K is the same, since it states the equilibrium constant. Kc and Kp just basically denote what the units are. The C would stand for concentration (molarity) and the P would stand for partial pressure. Hope this helps!


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