## Reaction Shifts Left or Right

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### Reaction Shifts Left or Right

Hi,

In discussion section 2K, we received extra homework problems. The equation was:
N2 (g) + 3H2 (g) --> 2NH3 (g) + heat
If we increase temperature, why does the reaction shift to the left?

Jonathan Gong 2H
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### Re: Reaction Shifts Left or Right

The forward reaction is exothermic, so it releases energy. The reverse reaction is endothermic, requiring energy. If temperature is increased, we are inputting heat into the reaction, which will shift towards the left/reactants.

JesseAuLec1Dis1G
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### Re: Reaction Shifts Left or Right

In this reaction heat is on the product side of the reaction. So when you increase the temperature(increase heat) you increase the amount of product. The reaction will shift towards the reactants or shift left.

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### Re: Reaction Shifts Left or Right

When looking at an expression you should first determine if it is an endothermic or exothermic reaction and depending on that you can determine how the reaction shifts. When looking at how heat moves around we know that endothermic reactions require heat in the forward direction, and the opposite would be true for an exothermic reaction as well.

AronCainBayot2K
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### Re: Reaction Shifts Left or Right

In this reaction, heat is on the product side. This indicates that the reverse reaction is endothermic. In this case, an increase in temperature would favor the reactants, caushing a shift to the left.

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### Re: Reaction Shifts Left or Right

Increasing temperature adds heat to the reaction. Because the reverse reaction is endothermic, adding heat means it is inputted into the system and will favor the reverse reaction.

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### Re: Reaction Shifts Left or Right

The reaction will shift to the left because the reverse reaction is endothermic. Increasing heat/temperature will cause the rxn to favor the reactants.

Jacob Villar 2C
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### Re: Reaction Shifts Left or Right

Reaction will shift to the left.

AronCainBayot2K
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### Re: Reaction Shifts Left or Right

In an exothermic reaction, the reaction will shift to the left when temperature is increased due to heat already being on the product and needing heat on the reactant side since the reverse reaction is endothermic.

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### Re: Reaction Shifts Left or Right

In this scenario, I think of heat as a product. This will make sense as to why it shifts left. On the molecular level, heat is added to the products side of the equation so when heat goes up it increases the number of collisions of products to become reactants.

Jacob Villar 2C
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### Re: Reaction Shifts Left or Right

The reaction will shift towards the reactants.

ABombino_2J
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### Re: Reaction Shifts Left or Right

Whenever you see heat added or released from a system, you can treat it just like the concentrations of products and reactants using Le Chatelier's.

kendal mccarthy
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### Re: Reaction Shifts Left or Right

Because this is an exothermic reaction, an increase in heat will shift to the left because you can basically treat heat as you would treat an increase in a product on the product side. Having an excess of a product on one side will cause the reaction to go towards the reactants side in order to maintain equilibrium.

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### Re: Reaction Shifts Left or Right

Since heat is on the right side of the equation, adding heat to the system will promote the reverse reaction (produce more reactants).

Ian Morris 3C
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### Re: Reaction Shifts Left or Right

It will shift to the left.

Samuel Tzeng 1B
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### Re: Reaction Shifts Left or Right

the reaction will shift left