Cancelling out the X

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Emily Vainberg 1D
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Cancelling out the X

Postby Emily Vainberg 1D » Sat Jan 11, 2020 10:08 pm

can someone explain when we are allowed to cancel out the x to make solving the quadratic equation easier?
I'm referring to when we set up the equation after making the ice box.

Jasmine Kim 1L
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Re: Cancelling out the X

Postby Jasmine Kim 1L » Sat Jan 11, 2020 11:48 pm

The whole point of the quadratic equation is to solve for x.
After making the equation equal to 0, if it looks like , then you can plug the coefficients into the formula and find the value of x.

Osvaldo SanchezF -1H
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Re: Cancelling out the X

Postby Osvaldo SanchezF -1H » Sun Jan 12, 2020 1:00 am

I want to assume that you refer to the problem when instead of having a quadratic we instead have a cubic equation. We have no way of solving for such an instance when the formula is a cubic one. So we will focus on what the change of the initial reactant will be. We will notice that the change is so small (by looking at the K value given) that it can be considered negligible. So we would just consider the initial concentration of the recant to be that at equilibrium and solve for concentration of the product.
Hope this the helps.

Jessica Li 4F
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Re: Cancelling out the X

Postby Jessica Li 4F » Sun Jan 12, 2020 10:04 am

You are allowed to cancel out the x, or deem it negligible to get an approximation of a K value or concentration of a reactant/product, if the K value is very small. Usually the cutoff is 10^-4, so if it is less than that, you can solve the equation without including the x. This usually happens when you have equations that might involve x^3.

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