## Reaction Quotient Q

Kennedi2J
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### Reaction Quotient Q

How do we distinguish when to calculate Q instead of K or vice versa?

sbeall_1C
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### Re: Reaction Quotient Q

Q is calculated when an equation is not at equilibrium, whereas K uses equilibrium values!

TarynD_1I
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### Re: Reaction Quotient Q

We use the reaction quotient Q when the reaction is not in equilibrium, to figure out which way the reaction shifts. Use K when the reaction is at equilibrium.

Samuel G Rivera - Discussion 4I
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### Re: Reaction Quotient Q

I believe the question you are working on will usually tell you whether you are finding Q or K. From the problems I've done, you are often given a K value at the beginning and are told to find Q in order to compare it to K.

AveryAgosto
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### Re: Reaction Quotient Q

You are usually told which variable you are looking for but I believe Q is found when the reaction is not at equilibrium and K is found when the reaction is at equilibrium.

Sydney Pell 2E
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### Re: Reaction Quotient Q

Both Q and K are calculated the same way. Both are the concentration of the products over the concentration of the reactants. K is that value when the reaction is at equilibrium and Q is that value at any other time.

Karina Kong 2H
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### Re: Reaction Quotient Q

Q is used when the equation is not at equilibrium. We can use Q to determine whether or not the equation will favor the reactants or products.