Chemistry (12th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0132525763
ISBN 13: 978-0-13252-576-3

Chapter 18 - Reaction Rates and Equilibrium - 18 Assessment: 89

Answer

Pressure is inversely proportional to volume. Therefore, if volume decreases, then the pressure increases. Therefore, the equilibrium shifts in the direction with the smaller amount of gas molecules. The left side has five gaseous molecules whereas the right side has only has four gaseous molecules. Therefore, the equilibrium must shift towards the products(right side).

Work Step by Step

Pressure is inversely proportional to volume. Therefore, if volume decreases, then the pressure increases. Therefore, the equilibrium shifts in the direction with the smaller amount of gas molecules. The left side has five gaseous molecules whereas the right side has only has four gaseous molecules. Therefore, the equilibrium must shift towards the products(right side).
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