## Direction of a Reaction

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Dustin Shin 2I
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### Direction of a Reaction

When trying to figure out the direction of a reaction using Q, will the problem always give K? Will there ever be a case where K is not given? And if not, how would one go about solving a problem like that?

gwynlu1L
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### Re: Direction of a Reaction

I believe that these kind of questions would have to give you K, or at least have you solve for K by giving you the equilibrium concentrations to solve like as a first part. You need K to compare Q to, since depending on if Q is greater than or less than K, the rxn will proceed left or right.

chaggard
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### Re: Direction of a Reaction

The problem will always either give you K or the comments to calculate K. Q is useless without knowing K.

Sean Reyes 1J
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### Re: Direction of a Reaction

If the problem didn’t give you K, then the value of Q wouldn’t make sense as you have nothing to compare it to.

Xingzheng Sun 2K
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### Re: Direction of a Reaction

If K is not given, we probably can calculate the K using given information such as concentration. If not, we can not compare K vs Q.

Shibhon_Shepard
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### Re: Direction of a Reaction

if Q>K , the reaction moves to the reactants.
if Q<K, the reaction moves to the products

Tony Chung 2I
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### Re: Direction of a Reaction

They should give you the value of k or they'll give you the correct values to solve for k.

Alysa Rallistan 2G
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### Re: Direction of a Reaction

If you aren't directly given K, then usually you would have to calculate it in an earlier part of the question and then compare Q to K.

Alysa Rallistan 2G
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### Re: Direction of a Reaction

If you aren't directly given K, then usually you would have to calculate it in an earlier part of the question and then compare Q to K.

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