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reactants and products in dynamic equilibria

Posted: Sun Jan 19, 2020 7:17 pm
by J_CHEN 4I
Why is it that in chemical equilibria there is typically a greater concentration (or partial pressure) on one side of the reaction?

Re: reactants and products in dynamic equilibria

Posted: Sun Jan 19, 2020 7:39 pm
by Aiden Metzner 2C
Because certain molecules are more stable then others so those are favored in reactions over unstable molecules.

Re: reactants and products in dynamic equilibria

Posted: Sun Jan 19, 2020 7:46 pm
by Helen Struble 2F
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.

Re: reactants and products in dynamic equilibria

Posted: Sun Jan 19, 2020 9:42 pm
by Chantel_2I
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.