What does Kc have to be less than for you to estimate?

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Nathan Tran 4K
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What does Kc have to be less than for you to estimate?

Postby Nathan Tran 4K » Tue Jan 22, 2019 12:03 am

What value does Kc have to be less than for you to estimate, meaning you can negate the -x term when employing ice method to solving for concentrations of products given initial reactant concentration? Is it less than 10^-3 or something else? Just making sure!

Josephine Lu 4L
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Re: What does Kc have to be less than for you to estimate?

Postby Josephine Lu 4L » Tue Jan 22, 2019 12:04 am

if Kc<10^-3, then you can use the approximation and ignore x in the denominator

Madeline Ho 1C
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Re: What does Kc have to be less than for you to estimate?

Postby Madeline Ho 1C » Tue Jan 22, 2019 12:06 am

You can also double check by calculating the percent ionization. If it's less than 5%, the approximation is valid.

Arta Kasaeian 2C
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Re: What does Kc have to be less than for you to estimate?

Postby Arta Kasaeian 2C » Tue Jan 22, 2019 1:50 am

I would personally use the 5% rule (percent protonation should be less than this) to approximate.


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