Position of Equilibrium (Module 5 Chemistry)

Year 12 HSC Chemistry: Position of Equilibrium

Uncover the Position of Equilibrium with our Academic Director, Nikhil!

In this episode of our Talent Teaching Series, we’re going to show you some quick and easy ways to recognise the Position of Equilibrium. An essential part of HSC Chemistry (Module 5) Acid and Equilibrium Reactions.

We’ll be looking at specifically how rates of reactions are crucial in determining where the Point of Equilibrium actually lies. In our last blog regarding the Talent Teaching Series, we looked into the basics of Equilibrium, and how it’s a natural consequence of reversible reactions.

Starting with the industrial synthesis of ammonia, this involves nitrogen and hydrogen reacting a in a reversible way to form ammonia gas. You’ll see this reaction many times in Equilibrium because it illustrates all the concepts really nicely, and it’s a very simple reaction.

RELATED: Talent Teaching Series HSC Chemistry – Introduction to Equilibrium

What do we mean by the position of Equilibrium?

The way we like to think about equilibrium is on a scale:

Year 12 HSC Chemistry: Position of Equilibrium

The left end of the scale represents 100% reactants, while the right end of the scale represents 100% products.

Just be aware in Equilibrium Reactions, the terms reactants and products starts to lose a bit of meaning and that’s because if you imagine that the reactions are reversible, then you could also argue that ammonia is a reactant.

Curious about the Position of Equilibrium? Catch the rest of Nikhil’s revision lesson by watching the video below:

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