Kc vs K

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Donna Nguyen 2L
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Kc vs K

Postby Donna Nguyen 2L » Tue Jan 07, 2020 4:44 pm

Is there a difference between Kc and K? I couldn't figure out if there was a difference or not in the textbook.

Alicia Lin 2F
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Re: Kc vs K

Postby Alicia Lin 2F » Tue Jan 07, 2020 4:49 pm

In the book, they seem to use K for pressure. While the "c" in Kc stands for concentration. So it is used when we use concentration as opposed to pressure to calculate K.

Alexis Webb 2B
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Re: Kc vs K

Postby Alexis Webb 2B » Tue Jan 07, 2020 6:12 pm

K or Kp is used when there are gases in the chemical equation, unless stated otherwise because gases can be discussed in terms of molar concentration. Meanwhile, Kc is for concentrations in mol/L for solutes in a condensed phase.

DHavo_1E
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Re: Kc vs K

Postby DHavo_1E » Thu Jan 09, 2020 12:27 pm

Alexis Webb 2B wrote:K or Kp is used when there are gases in the chemical equation, unless stated otherwise because gases can be discussed in terms of molar concentration. Meanwhile, Kc is for concentrations in mol/L for solutes in a condensed phase.


Hi,

I was wondering if you could explain why gases would be discussed in molar concentration, and if partial pressures should be in atm for Kp. Thank you!

Alice Ma 2K
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Re: Kc vs K

Postby Alice Ma 2K » Thu Jan 09, 2020 12:31 pm

DHavo_1E wrote:
Alexis Webb 2B wrote:K or Kp is used when there are gases in the chemical equation, unless stated otherwise because gases can be discussed in terms of molar concentration. Meanwhile, Kc is for concentrations in mol/L for solutes in a condensed phase.


Hi,

I was wondering if you could explain why gases would be discussed in molar concentration, and if partial pressures should be in atm for Kp. Thank you!


Hi,
If all of the species in a reaction is in gaseous form, you can use partial pressure to solve for Kp. You can use any units for solving with partial pressure as long as it remains consistent, e.g. using all atm or all bar.

Gabriella Bates 2L
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Re: Kc vs K

Postby Gabriella Bates 2L » Thu Jan 09, 2020 12:39 pm

Kc is used when calculating the equilibrium constant using concentration, whereas Kp is used for calculating the equilibrium constant using partial pressure. However, as Dr. Lavelle explained in lecture, K can be used as an abbreviation to represent either Kc or Kp, depending on the context of the problem.

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Re: Kc vs K

Postby pmokh14B » Thu Jan 09, 2020 2:48 pm

K can be used to abbreviate for either Kc or Kp.


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