Writing expression for K

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Malia Shitabata 1F
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Writing expression for K

Postby Malia Shitabata 1F » Mon Jan 06, 2020 5:26 pm

When a question asks you to write an expression for K, how do you know when to use Px or [X]?

Brian Tangsombatvisit 1C
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Re: Writing expression for K

Postby Brian Tangsombatvisit 1C » Mon Jan 06, 2020 5:31 pm

You can use partial pressures when all the reactants and products of a reaction are in the gas phase and when the units are in the gas phase (bar, atm, mmHg, Torr, etc). You normally use concentrations when other phases other than the gas phase are involved in the reaction, and you can use PV=nRT to convert between concentrations and partial pressures for gases.

Malia Shitabata 1F
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Re: Writing expression for K

Postby Malia Shitabata 1F » Tue Jan 07, 2020 2:34 pm

Brian Tangsombatvisit 1C wrote:You can use partial pressures when all the reactants and products of a reaction are in the gas phase and when the units are in the gas phase (bar, atm, mmHg, Torr, etc). You normally use concentrations when other phases other than the gas phase are involved in the reaction, and you can use PV=nRT to convert between concentrations and partial pressures for gases.

If all the reactants and products were in the gas phase would it be wrong to use concentrations?

Zoe Gleason 4F
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Re: Writing expression for K

Postby Zoe Gleason 4F » Tue Jan 07, 2020 2:54 pm

Malia Shitabata 1F wrote:
Brian Tangsombatvisit 1C wrote:You can use partial pressures when all the reactants and products of a reaction are in the gas phase and when the units are in the gas phase (bar, atm, mmHg, Torr, etc). You normally use concentrations when other phases other than the gas phase are involved in the reaction, and you can use PV=nRT to convert between concentrations and partial pressures for gases.

If all the reactants and products were in the gas phase would it be wrong to use concentrations?

It would not be incorrect if the values for the concentrations were in moles. For example, the problem from lecture, is all in the gas phase, but uses concentrations, not pressures.

Minh Ngo 4G
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Re: Writing expression for K

Postby Minh Ngo 4G » Tue Jan 07, 2020 2:56 pm

If everything is gas then you use P but otherwise, use concentration […]

Michelle Xie 2B
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Re: Writing expression for K

Postby Michelle Xie 2B » Tue Jan 07, 2020 4:30 pm

Px is used for gases to represent their partial pressure. In other cases, you would use concentration.


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