Chemistry: The Central Science (13th Edition)

Published by Prentice Hall
ISBN 10: 0321910419
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Chapter 15 - Chemical Equilibrium - Exercises: 15.41a

Answer

To the right .

Work Step by Step

If Qc $\lt$ K, then that means in order to reach equilibrium, the value of Qc has to increase. K (and also Qc) is the concentration of products raised to their coefficients divided by the concentration of reactants raised to their coefficients - meaning the numerator has the products and the denominator has the reactants. To make Q larger we have to either increase the numerator or decrease the denominator, both of which result from the reaction proceeding to the right
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