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units of K

Posted: Wed Jan 08, 2020 11:42 pm
by Katie Bart 1I
Why does the equilibrium constant not have units?

Re: units of K

Posted: Wed Jan 08, 2020 11:46 pm
by BritneyP- 2c
K doesn't have units because because the products and reactants have the same units so they can cancel out. But if it doesn't cancel out, instead of thinking of concentration or partial pressure, consider transition of reactants to products as activity, which is unitless, so K is unitless

Re: units of K

Posted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:19 am
by Christineg1G
Equilibrium constants don't have units because we used the active masses of the substances, hence why they are unit less/eliminated from the equilibrium constant expression.

Re: units of K

Posted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:37 am
by RichBollini4G
BritneyP- 2c wrote:K doesn't have units because because the products and reactants have the same units so they can cancel out. But if it doesn't cancel out, instead of thinking of concentration or partial pressure, consider transition of reactants to products as activity, which is unitless, so K is unitless


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Re: units of K

Posted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:40 am
by Suraj Doshi 2G
K doesn't have units as the actual calculation comes from the chemical activity value. This value is a number without units therefore in the end, K does not have any units associated with it.

Re: units of K

Posted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:40 am
by Caitlyn Tran 2E
We went over this in class a little bit, but there is also a section in the textbook that explains this if you would like to reference this in case my explanation does not make sense. Essentially, the equilibrium constant is the ratio between the activity of the products and the activity of the reactants. Since we are assuming an ideal situation, the activity is equal to the concentration or partial pressure of the products and reactants. While the concentration and partial pressure of substances have units, we leave them out since the activity of products and reactants do not have units. Hope this helps!

Re: units of K

Posted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:57 am
by Jialun Chen 4F
Since it's a constant, not a variable, K does not have a unit. We can also think of this by perceiving the molarity units of products and reactant cancels.

Re: units of K

Posted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 10:00 am
by 105335337
There are no units for K as the units tend to cancel out.

Re: units of K

Posted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 12:27 pm
by 005321227
K does not have units. because it is a ratio of products to reactants, and is a constant in the reaction. Also, if you worked out the math in an equilibrium problem K = [P]/[R], and so the molarities cancel out.

Re: units of K

Posted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 12:29 pm
by Max Madrzyk Dis 4G
The equilibrium constant does not have units because they cancel out when you are calculating it.

Re: units of K

Posted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 1:04 pm
by Joanne Lee 1J
When you are finding the K, the units of the products and reactants are either all molarity, partial pressure, etc so all the units will cancel out when K is found.