## Ice Box

Matt Sanruk 2H
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### Ice Box

For ICE box, would the given concentrations always be a negative change?

Sarah Zhari 1D
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### Re: Ice Box

If you are looking at a reaction where the reactants form products, the concentrations of the products would increase (a positive value in the C row) whereas the concentrations of the reactants would decrease (a negative value in the C row)

JasonLiu_2J
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### Re: Ice Box

The given concentrations won't always have a negative change in concentration since sometimes you are given an initial concentration of both products and reactants and asked to calculate the equilibrium concentrations. In such a case, you would need to calculate Q using the initial concentrations of product and reactant and determine which the direction the reaction will proceed in to reach equilibrium. If Q>K and favors reactant formation, then products will decrease (have a change of -x), whereas if Q<K and favors product formation, reactants will decrease (change by -x)

MAC 4G
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### Re: Ice Box

I believe that based on the information you are given, like whether the products or the reactants are increasing or decreasing, would determine whether the change is positive or negative.
Something to keep in mind:
-If you are given initial concentrations and all of them are nonzero, calculate the reaction quotient Q.
-If the reaction moves toward the products, there would be +x for the products and -x for the reactants.
-If the reaction moves toward the reactants, there would be -x for the products and +x for the reactants.

Asha Agarwal 1E
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### Re: Ice Box

The negative change is given to the reactant when you are given an initial concentration of reactants at the beginning because the system is proceeding from there. However, if you were given products and the reverse reaction were to occur to reach equilibrium, the negative change would be with the products.

Matt Sanruk 2H
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### Re: Ice Box

Ok, so at times there will be reactants and products given you base the changed signs on the equilibrium

Juana Abana 1G
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### Re: Ice Box

MAC 4G wrote:I believe that based on the information you are given, like whether the products or the reactants are increasing or decreasing, would determine whether the change is positive or negative.
Something to keep in mind:
-If you are given initial concentrations and all of them are nonzero, calculate the reaction quotient Q.
-If the reaction moves toward the products, there would be +x for the products and -x for the reactants.
-If the reaction moves toward the reactants, there would be -x for the products and +x for the reactants.

Thank you so much this is really helpful.

Matt Sanruk 2H
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### Re: Ice Box

Do we get points off for not doing ICE boxes?

Hailey Kim 4G
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### Re: Ice Box

Matt Sanruk 2H wrote:Do we get points off for not doing ICE boxes?

I would make an ICE box just to be safe. This way, you can show all your work and less likely to make errors.

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### Re: Ice Box

For an ICE box problem, the change would always be subtracted on the reactants side and added on the products side.