reactants and products in dynamic equilibria

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J_CHEN 4I
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reactants and products in dynamic equilibria

Postby J_CHEN 4I » Sun Jan 19, 2020 7:17 pm

Why is it that in chemical equilibria there is typically a greater concentration (or partial pressure) on one side of the reaction?

Aiden Metzner 2C
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Re: reactants and products in dynamic equilibria

Postby Aiden Metzner 2C » Sun Jan 19, 2020 7:39 pm

Because certain molecules are more stable then others so those are favored in reactions over unstable molecules.

Helen Struble 2F
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Re: reactants and products in dynamic equilibria

Postby Helen Struble 2F » Sun Jan 19, 2020 7:46 pm

The equilibrium either lies towards the reactants or towards the products, depending on how stable the chemical species on either side of the reaction are. More stable chemical species are less likely to participate in the reaction, so equilibrium tends to lie towards whichever side has more stable chemical species.

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Re: reactants and products in dynamic equilibria

Postby Chantel_2I » Sun Jan 19, 2020 9:42 pm

It is uncommon for the reactants and products to have the same stability, so the equilibrium lies toward the side that is more stable because a reaction in that direction will happen more readily.


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