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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.
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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