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Adding Inert Gas

Posted: Fri Jan 25, 2019 10:26 am
by Chase Yonamine 1J
I understand that when pressure increases by adding inert gas, there is no effect on the reaction. But why is this? Is it because the inert gas affects the whole reaction ( both products and reactants) equally?

Re: Adding Inert Gas

Posted: Fri Jan 25, 2019 1:05 pm
by Arshiya
Because an inert gas does not react with the reactants or products, it is essentially not changing the concentration of the products and reactants. In addition, the volume is constant so the concentrations remain untouched. Therefore, this will not effect equilibrium.

Re: Adding Inert Gas

Posted: Sat Jan 26, 2019 1:24 pm
by Matthew Mar 1J
A pressure change will only have an effect on a reaction if it is caused by a change in volume. If you increase pressure by reducing the volume, then the molecules within the reaction are compressed and because they want to be stable with the lowest energy, the reaction will favor whichever side has less moles because that means there will be less molecules interacting. If you add an inert gas to the reaction, you aren't actually changing the volume and the reaction is still contained within the same space. The inert gas will increase the pressure, but the reaction has no reason to change because there isn't a different space to compress or spread out into.

Re: Adding Inert Gas

Posted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 5:28 am
by Dong Hyun Lee 4E
Inert gas doesnt react with any of the reactants but it changes the pressure. However, the pressure is not a change of volume so it ends up not affecting the reaction.

Re: Adding Inert Gas

Posted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 10:21 am
by katie_sutton1B
An inert gas does not react with the species in the reactions. Therefore, it does not affect any of the concentrations, and K remains the same

Re: Adding Inert Gas

Posted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 4:38 pm
by Matthew Choi 2H
The concentrations of the reactants and the products both don't change when you add an inert gas because inert gases don't react with anything really.

Re: Adding Inert Gas

Posted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 4:45 pm
by Sapna Ramappa 1J
Because the inert gases do not really interact with anything else, adding inert gases does not have an astounding effect on the concentrations.

Re: Adding Inert Gas

Posted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 3:13 am
by Hadji Yono-Cruz 2L
When a reaction vessel has an inert gas pumped into it at a constant volume to increase the total pressure, then the total pressure will increase but the partial pressures of the reactants and products are unchanged and therefore the K value will not be affected.

Re: Adding Inert Gas

Posted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:46 am
by Calvin Patel 2H
Adding an inert gas does change the pressure, but since the change in pressure was not caused by a change in volume and since the inert gas does not have any effect on the reaction, there will be no change in equilibrium.

Re: Adding Inert Gas

Posted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:13 pm
by isarose0
Adding an inert gas doesn't affect the reaction equilibrium because the gas addition doesnt alter the volume, volume is the factor that has an effect on pressure and if volume is unaffected the pressure is unaffected as well.

Re: Adding Inert Gas

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 11:38 pm
by Mhun-Jeong Isaac Lee 1B
The only time when a change of pressure will have an effect is when the volume changes. A decrease in volume creates an increase in pressure. However the addition of inert gas does not change the volume and it does not react with the present reactants or products.