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. Describe how we write the equilibrium expression for a reaction. Give three examples of balanced chemical equations and the corresponding expressions for their equilibrium constants.

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Interpretation:

The explanation for writing the equilibrium expression for a reaction is to be stated. The three examples of balanced chemical equations and the corresponding expressions for their equilibrium constants are to be stated.

Concept Introduction:

In a chemical equation when the number of atoms of an element on the left-hand side is equal to the number of atoms of that element on the right-hand side, it is known as a balanced chemical equation. The balancing of a chemical equation is done to follow the law of conservation of mass.

Explanation

The general chemical equation is shown below.

aA+bBcC+dD

In the above equation, a, b, c, and d are the coefficients. A and B are the starting materials, whereas C and D are the products. Coefficients aid in determining the relationship between starting material and product in the balanced chemical equations.

The general equilibrium expression for a reaction is shown below.

K=[C]c[D]d[A]a[B]b

Where,

  • K is an equilibrium constant.

In the above expression, square brackets represent the concentrations of both reactants and products.

The first example of a balanced chemical equation is,

N2(g)+3H2(g)2NH3(g)

The corresponding expression for its equilibrium constant is shown below

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