Equilibrium sign

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Riya Sood 4G
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Equilibrium sign

Postby Riya Sood 4G » Sun Dec 08, 2019 8:13 am

Do we add the equilibrium sign if we are writing the dissociation of a strong acid/strong base ?

Sarah Nichols 4C
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Re: Equilibrium sign

Postby Sarah Nichols 4C » Sun Dec 08, 2019 9:07 am

No, because for strong acids and bases we assume 100% dissociation, so after the reaction there will be no reactants in solution, only products

Jacob Motawakel
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Re: Equilibrium sign

Postby Jacob Motawakel » Sun Dec 08, 2019 8:36 pm

No, since strong acids and bases are completely dissociated, it is only a one way reaction. Weak acids and bases use the equilibrium sign because the weak acid/base is not completely dissociated, so there are still H+ or OH- ions on the reactant side, as well as some on the products side.

Rishika Yadav 3D
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Re: Equilibrium sign

Postby Rishika Yadav 3D » Sun Dec 08, 2019 8:52 pm

No because reactions with strong acids and bases only go in one direction, while reactions with weak acids and bases reach equilibrium and then occur at a constant rate.

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Re: Equilibrium sign

Postby Gerald Bernal1I » Sun Dec 08, 2019 8:58 pm

Equilibrium sign is added only for weak acids and bases since they do not dissociate or ionize fully.

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