Meaning of K  [ENDORSED]

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Shanzey
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Meaning of K

Postby Shanzey » Sat Jan 11, 2020 6:19 pm

I understand that at equilibrium the rates at which the reactions occur are equal, but is the equilibrium constant K the rate at which these reaction occur? In addition, how can you speed up the rate at which a reaction occurs?

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Re: Meaning of K  [ENDORSED]

Postby SnehinRajkumar1L » Sat Jan 11, 2020 7:31 pm

K is the ratio of products to reactants. There are numerous ways to increase the rate of reactions, such as increasing temperatures.

Shutong Hou_1F
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Re: Meaning of K

Postby Shutong Hou_1F » Sat Jan 11, 2020 10:28 pm

I don't think that the equilibrium constant K is the rate at which these reactions occur. K is the ratio of products and reactants at equilibrium. We could speed up the rate by adding reactants, and in other ways according to Le Chatelier's principle.

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Re: Meaning of K

Postby MaggieHan1L » Sun Jan 12, 2020 12:21 am

K is the ratio of products and reactants. Things like increasing temperature and adding a catalyst speed up the rates.

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Re: Meaning of K

Postby EthanPham_1G » Sun Jan 12, 2020 10:29 am

Shanzey wrote:I understand that at equilibrium the rates at which the reactions occur are equal, but is the equilibrium constant K the rate at which these reaction occur? In addition, how can you speed up the rate at which a reaction occurs?


K does not measure the rate at which these reactions occur. K is just a constant that shows the ratio between products and reactants in a reaction. The rate at which a reaction occurs can be sped up with a catalyst.


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