Calculating Kc

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Suraj Doshi 2G
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Calculating Kc

Postby Suraj Doshi 2G » Mon Jan 06, 2020 5:14 pm

Why do we not include solids or liquids in the equilibrium concentration calculations?

Kishan Shah 2G
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Re: Calculating Kc

Postby Kishan Shah 2G » Mon Jan 06, 2020 5:17 pm

Basically solids and liquids have a constant concentration. There may be very tiny changes in volume of them but its not enough to affect our calculations. The activity of solids and liquids at equilibrium is 1, so therefore it doesn't affect equilibrium concentrations.

stephaniekim2K
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Re: Calculating Kc

Postby stephaniekim2K » Mon Jan 06, 2020 5:54 pm

Solids and liquids have constant concentrations so they don't change, so there is no need to calculate them.

sarahforman_Dis2I
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Re: Calculating Kc

Postby sarahforman_Dis2I » Mon Jan 06, 2020 5:57 pm

Suraj Doshi 2G wrote:Why do we not include solids or liquids in the equilibrium concentration calculations?


It is important to note that solvents (eg. liquid water) are not included in the equilibrium expression because only a minimal amount of the solvent is taken away in the reaction. Because of this, we can assume that the solvent concentration is essentially constant and therefore not include it in the equilibrium constant.

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Re: Calculating Kc

Postby Tiffany_Chen 2K » Mon Jan 06, 2020 6:28 pm

Solids and liquids will hold relatively constant volume, thus you can technically "cancel" them out when putting products over reactants to find Kc.


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