When to do ice tables  [ENDORSED]

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Shanzey
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When to do ice tables

Postby Shanzey » Sat Jan 11, 2020 6:14 pm

How do we know when to use an ICE table to find the composition of the mixture, or when we have to use only the K=[products]/[reactants] equation? Is it dependent on whether initial concentrations or equilibrium concentrations are given?

Jiyoon_Hwang_2I
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Re: When to do ice tables  [ENDORSED]

Postby Jiyoon_Hwang_2I » Sat Jan 11, 2020 6:32 pm

If the questions provides you with initial concentrations and asks you to solve for the equilibrium compositions you should use the ICE table.

Elena Bell 1C
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Re: When to do ice tables

Postby Elena Bell 1C » Sat Jan 11, 2020 6:51 pm

You should also make sure you have the equilibrium constant in order to solve the ice table. You then use the K=[Products]/[Reactants] equation to solve for x and find the equilibrium concentrations.

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Re: When to do ice tables

Postby Nicholas_Gladkov_2J » Sat Jan 11, 2020 9:35 pm

Shanzey wrote:How do we know when to use an ICE table to find the composition of the mixture, or when we have to use only the K=[products]/[reactants] equation? Is it dependent on whether initial concentrations or equilibrium concentrations are given?


Yes! What you decide to do in order to solve what is asked is dependent on the information given. Usually, you make an ice table when it is asked to find the resulting concentrations of the reactants and/or products at equilibrium. Using the equation for k can be another way to solve for the resulting concentrations of the reactants and/or products at equilibrium (often if the product and/or reactant equilibrium concentrations are not given).

MaggieHan1L
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Re: When to do ice tables

Postby MaggieHan1L » Sun Jan 12, 2020 12:25 am

A hint to do an ICE might be when you get only a few concentrations and you get K


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