## Different types of K

Chloe Alviz 1E
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### Different types of K

What's the difference between K and Kc?

Jessica Katzman 4F
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### Re: Different types of K

K is the general notation for the equilibrium constant. Kc is used when we are specifically defining the ratio of the molar concentrations of products and reactants.

Hussain Chharawalla 1G
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### Re: Different types of K

K is the equilibrium constant. It gives you the ratio between products and reactants. It can represent Kc or Kp

Kc is the equilibrium constant written in terms of concentration. So it is concentration of products over reactants.

Kp is the equilibrium constant in terms of partial pressure.

Emil Velasco 1H
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### Re: Different types of K

K = Kc = Kp

They are just different notations for whatever phase your equation is dealing with (e.g. gas w/ pressure)

Similarly, K = Q = Qc = Qp

Anna Chen 1K
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### Re: Different types of K

K is the equilibrium constant.
Kc is defined by molar concentrations while Kp is defined by the partial pressures of the gasses.

chari_maya 3B
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### Re: Different types of K

How do you convert from Kc to Kp?

Sydney Pell 2E
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### Re: Different types of K

The notation of K depends on what information they give you in the equation and what phase it occurs in. If the problem gives you the partial pressures of the gases in the reaction, you would be using Kp. If the molar concentrations are given, then Kc. Either way, K always stands for the equilibrium constant.

Vuong_2F
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### Re: Different types of K

chari_maya 3B wrote:How do you convert from Kc to Kp?

Lavelle hasn't mentioned anything about this in lecture so I'm not sure if this is necessary information, but the relationship between the two is Kp=Kc(RT)^Δn

AGaeta_2C
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### Re: Different types of K

chari_maya 3B wrote:How do you convert from Kc to Kp?

I believe this was briefly discussed in the second lecture. To convert between partial pressure and concentration for a gas, you use the Ideal Gas Equation, PV=nRT.
Where, P= pressure, V= volume, n= number of moles, and (RT) are constants.
To calculate pressure of a gas when you know its concentration, rearrange the equation:

P = (n/V)(RT)
P = (conc)(RT)

To calculate concentration of a gas when you are given its pressure, rearrange the equation:

(n/V) = (P/(RT))
(conc) = (P/(RT))

Jack Riley 4f
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### Re: Different types of K

K is the general equilibrium constant while Kc specifically refers to the equilibrium constant of molar concentrations