Calculating Equilibrium Constant

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Emma Li 2C
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Calculating Equilibrium Constant

Postby Emma Li 2C » Tue Nov 21, 2017 3:50 pm

Why aren't solids included in calculating for the chemical equilibrium constant?

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Jingyi Li 2C
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Re: Calculating Equilibrium Constant

Postby Jingyi Li 2C » Tue Nov 21, 2017 4:20 pm

You do not include the solids because you assume them to be pure. So, you do not really have a concentration for the solids (actually the number for it is just 1). Therefore, it is said to be not included in the equilibrium constant calculation.

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Re: Calculating Equilibrium Constant

Postby Chem_Mod » Tue Nov 21, 2017 4:27 pm

Hi, Emma,
We don't include the solids in the equilibrium expression because their concentration stays constant. While the amount of solid may change as the reaction proceeds, the ration of the mol/volume will stay the same. The reason for it is the fact that only specific amount of solid can take up specific space, while for gases, for example, same amount of gas can take up the different amount of space (volume), thus changing the concentration.

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