Different ways to write K

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Petrina Kan 2I
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Different ways to write K

Postby Petrina Kan 2I » Sun Jan 19, 2020 11:24 pm

I know that there are multiple different versions of K, such as Kc, Keq, etc. I was wondering if it mattered what we wrote as the subscript or if it is fine if we simply just write K (with no subscript)? Thank you!

KDang_1D
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Re: Different ways to write K

Postby KDang_1D » Sun Jan 19, 2020 11:26 pm

I think we should include the subscript just to be safe! Especially for reactions involving gases. If given a unitless value for K, the reader would need to know if it's for pressure or concentration and they need to convert

Jacob Villar 2C
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Re: Different ways to write K

Postby Jacob Villar 2C » Sun Jan 19, 2020 11:28 pm

It would help to keep track of what value you are calculating for and to be safe from mixing up equations.

Jared_Yuge
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Re: Different ways to write K

Postby Jared_Yuge » Sun Jan 19, 2020 11:43 pm

Its important to differentiate between the different K subscripts because they aren't all the same, Kw is a constant while Kc Ka Kb Kp all mean different things


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