## Units for K

Alexis Robles 2k
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### Units for K

So we do not use units for K? Can someone explain this to me?

Tiffany Chao 2H
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### Re: Units for K

No because K is a constant. We use brackets around equilibrium concentration. The brackets indicate molar concentration so we omit actual units.

Jasleen Kahlon
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### Re: Units for K

K is representative of a ratio, products/reactants. It is used to compare rates of reaction and therefore does not have units.

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### Re: Units for K

Neither K nor Q have units

William Chan 1D
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### Re: Units for K

K doesn't have units technically because they all cancel out, and it comes out to be just a number ratio.

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### Re: Units for K

Equilibrium constants have no units; this is because it is a ratio of similar quantities.

TanveerDhaliwal3G
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### Re: Units for K

K doesn't have units because it is a ratio of molar concentrations.

CalvinTNguyen2D
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### Re: Units for K

K does not have any units associated with it, since it's just a ratio of different molecules and species.

SVajragiri_1C
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### Re: Units for K

K is a constant because when calculating it all the units cancel out, so there is no unit for it.

kendal mccarthy
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### Re: Units for K

K is a constant, meaning there are no units used. But, it is a good way to check your work if you end up with units because there should not be any because they should all cancel out.

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### Re: Units for K

In class, Dr. Lavelle mentioned briefly saying that technically K is the ratio if the activities of the products and reactants, which is unit-less.

Morgan Carrington 2H
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### Re: Units for K

Since K is a ratio of values with the same units, they cancel out and are not present in the K value. I would still include them in the K expression to show my work though!

SVajragiri_1C
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### Re: Units for K

There is no unit for K, it is a constant for equilibrium. You can prove this because when you solve for K, all the units cancel out.

Veronica Lu 2H
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### Re: Units for K

There are no units since K is more so a ratio

Angela Wu-2H
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### Re: Units for K

K has no units because of "activity"; however, activity is really low (close to 1) for the most part, so the equation ratio is simplified to the form that we know. But also, in the ratio, the units in the numerator and denominator will cancel out.

Mitchell Koss 4G
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### Re: Units for K

K has no units but units you plug in matter, so use mol/L not mL or mol.

105335337
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### Re: Units for K

K has no units as hen you do all the calculations, the units cancel out. Furthermore, this is because K is just a constant.

pmokh14B
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### Re: Units for K

K does not have units it is a constant.

Kallista McCarty 1C
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### Re: Units for K

Since K is a constant it does not have units associated with it!

Jainam Shah 4I
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### Re: Units for K

K does not have units. The brackets signify its molarity or concentration of a reactant or product. As Dr. Lavelle discussed in class the true way to explain is via the ratio of the activities of the reactants and product. K is simply giving us the relative information of the rates and which reaction is favored. Activities don't have units and the expression we write assumes the activities are close to 1.

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### Re: Units for K

K does not have units as it is a constant value of the ratio of concentrations of products to reactants.

Celine 1F
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### Re: Units for K

K, a constant, demonstrates the ratio of products and reactants so it does not have units