Inert Gas does not change pressure?

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Inert Gas does not change pressure?

Postby DLee_1L » Fri Jan 17, 2020 9:43 am

Can someone explain why adding an inert gas does not change the pressure of the system and the does not shift the chemical equation?

Thanks.

Letty Liu 2C
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Re: Inert Gas does not change pressure?

Postby Letty Liu 2C » Fri Jan 17, 2020 10:03 am

I think inert gases don’t change the pressure of reactions because it’s not directly affecting the concentration of the products/reactants involved in the reaction.

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Re: Inert Gas does not change pressure?

Postby Emma Popescu 1L » Fri Jan 17, 2020 12:04 pm

Increasing the pressure by adding an inert gas at constant volume has no effect because only the partial pressures of the reactants and products are important. Adding an inert gas at constant volume will change the total pressure but not the partial pressures of the other gases in the container. The number of moles per unit volume remains the same so the equilibrium does not change

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Re: Inert Gas does not change pressure?

Postby gabbymaraziti » Fri Jan 17, 2020 3:11 pm

Do you have to change the volume in order to change the pressure? Or would adding a non-inert gas affect pressure as well?

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Re: Inert Gas does not change pressure?

Postby 805291863 » Fri Jan 17, 2020 3:26 pm

gabbymaraziti wrote:Do you have to change the volume in order to change the pressure? Or would adding a non-inert gas affect pressure as well?


There are many ways to change the pressure. If you change the volume, the partial pressures can change.

If you add a non-inert gas, then the partial pressures can change depending on how the reactive gas reacts with the gases already in the system

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Re: Inert Gas does not change pressure?

Postby Nathan Rothschild_2D » Fri Jan 17, 2020 3:44 pm

In order to change the equilibrium constant you must change the partial pressure of either the products or reactants, such as adding more of the reactants. Adding an inert gas would not change the partial pressure of the reactants or products.

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Re: Inert Gas does not change pressure?

Postby sarahsalama2E » Fri Jan 17, 2020 4:08 pm

I believe adding an inert gas does not alter the pressure in a rxn system, because the inert gas is not really reactive and does not participate in the reaction that is happening. But, what would happen if you added a reactant that did participate in the reaction, such as a non-inert gas?

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Re: Inert Gas does not change pressure?

Postby 705121606 » Fri Jan 17, 2020 4:16 pm

Adding an inert gas to the container at constant volume would mean that pressure would increase but the equilibrium would not shift because it is not directly affecting the concentration of reactants and products. If it was the other case where addition of a gas changed the volume at constant pressure, the molar concentrations would decrease and it would shift to the side with lower molar concentration.


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