Problem: Even at high T, the formation of NO is not favored: N2(g) + O2(g) ⇌ 2NO(g)         Kc = 4.10×10−4 at 2000°C What is [NO] when a mixture of 0.20 mol of N 2(g) and 0.15 mol of O2(g) reach equilibrium in a 1.0-L container at 2000°C?

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N2(g) + O2(g) ⇌ 2NO(g)         Kc = 4.10×10−4 at 2000°C 


Step 1: Calculate the initial concentrations.

Molarity (M)=molL


[N2]=0.20 mol1.0 L

[N2] = 0.20 M


[N2]=0.15 mol1.0 L

[O2] = 0.15 M



Step 2: Construct an ICE chart for the equilibrium reaction.


Step 3: Calculate the change (x) in the reaction using the equilibrium constant.

N2(g) + O2(g) ⇌ 2NO(g)         Kc = 4.10×10−4


Kc=[NO]2[N2][O2]4.10×10-4=(2x)2(0.20-x)(0.15-x)4.10×10-4(0.03-0.35x+x2)=4x20.03-0.35x+x2(0.03-0.35x+x2)1.23×10-5-(1.435×10-4)x+(4.10×10-4)x2=4x20=3.99959x2+(1.435×10-4)x-1.23×10-5


Now, we will use the quadratic formula to solve for x. The quadratic formula is:


x=-b±b2-4ac2a


Solving for x:


x=-(1.435×10-4)±(1.435×10-4)2-4(3.99959)(-1.23×10-5)2(3.99959)x=-(1.435×10-4)±2.059225×10-8+1.9678×10-47.99918x=-(1.435×10-4)±1.968×10-47.99918x=-(1.435×10-4)±0.0147.99918


The calculation then splits into two ways:

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Even at high T, the formation of NO is not favored: 

N2(g) + O2(g) ⇌ 2NO(g)         Kc = 4.10×10−4 at 2000°C 

What is [NO] when a mixture of 0.20 mol of N 2(g) and 0.15 mol of O2(g) reach equilibrium in a 1.0-L container at 2000°C?

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