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Postby Kimberly 1H » Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:25 pm

Why don't catalysts affect the equilibrium composition of a reaction mixture?

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Re: Catalysts

Postby Heesu_Kim_1F » Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:29 pm

A catalyst speeds up the forward and back reaction to the same extent. The relative rates of the two reactions won't be affected and thus equilibrium composition will not be changed. Hope this helps!

Jessica Tsui 1H
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Re: Catalysts

Postby Jessica Tsui 1H » Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:53 pm

Catalysts simply speed up the rates of both the forward and reverse reactions, and equilibrium will be reached more quickly. The concentrations of reactants and products at equilibrium will be unchanged.

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Re: Catalysts

Postby Letizia Ye 4F » Fri Jan 18, 2019 4:46 pm

Catalysts will speed up both the forward and reverse reaction by lowering the activation energy. This means that equilibrium will be reached more quickly.

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Re: Catalysts

Postby Nandhini_2K » Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:29 pm

Catalysts has no effect on the Equilibrium composition, but simply speeds up the process to Equilibrium.

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Re: Catalysts

Postby Rami_Z_AbuQubo_2K » Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:45 am

Catalysts only speed up the rate of the reaction. They do not have anything to do with the favoring of one side of the reaction or another. They only get you to the products that you want faster and nothing more.

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Re: Catalysts

Postby 005113695 » Sat Jan 19, 2019 3:13 am

Catalysts only effect the activation energy, and doesn't effect the reaction itself at all.

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Re: Catalysts

Postby Dong Hyun Lee 4E » Sun Jan 20, 2019 6:52 pm

A catalyst can only speed up the foward or reverse reaction and thus it doesn't really change the reaction itself.

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