Problem: Consider the following reaction at equilibrium: CO(g) + Cl2(g) ⇌ COCl2(g)Predict whether the reaction will shift left, shift right, or remain unchanged if COCl2 is added to the reaction mixture.

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Recall that effect of the change in concentration to the equilibrium according to Le Chatelier's Principle:

  • Increasing the concentration of the reactants → reaction to shift to the right. (Q < K)
  • Increasing the concentration of the products → reaction to shift to the left. (Q > K)


The reaction at equilibrium: CO(g) + Cl2(g)  COCl2(g)

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Consider the following reaction at equilibrium: CO(g) + Cl2(g) ⇌ COCl2(g)

Predict whether the reaction will shift left, shift right, or remain unchanged if COCl2 is added to the reaction mixture.

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