Question on a step in 11.61?

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Swetha Akella 1G
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Question on a step in 11.61?

Postby Swetha Akella 1G » Sat Nov 14, 2015 10:52 pm

The problem says, "The equilibrium constant Kc= 0.56 for the reaction PCl3(g) + Cl2(g) -> PCl5(g) at 250 C. Upon analysis, 1.50 mol PCl5, 3 mol PCl3, and 0.5 mol Cl2 were found to be present in a 0.5 L reaction vessel at 250 C. (a) Is the reaction at equilibrium? (b) If not, in which direction does it tend to proceed? (c) What is the equilibrium composition of the reaction system?"

For part c, I got up to the step where we plug in the values into the quadratic formula, however i got (+4.92 + or - 4.84)/1.12 whereas the solutions manual says it's (+4.92 + or - 4.48)/1.12. Is this a typo or am I doing something wrong and if so, how do I fix this? Thanks!

Reine Nakamura 1C
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Re: Question on a step in 11.61?

Postby Reine Nakamura 1C » Sun Nov 15, 2015 3:05 am

Sorry I misread your question! But I got (4.92 + or - 4.84)/1.21 as well... So I'm guessing the solutions manual just had a typo and switched 4.84 to 4.48
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jennifer_zhou2C
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Re: Question on a step in 11.61?

Postby jennifer_zhou2C » Sun Nov 15, 2015 9:05 pm

I believe the solutions manual is wrong. I literally multiplied the calculations they had put together and they didn't even get the numbers they posted. I checked my math roughly about 100 times because I thought I was wrong.


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