Problem: According to Le Châtelier’s principle and the dependence of free energy on reactant and product concentrations, which statement is true? (Assume that both the reactants and products are gaseous.)(a) A high concentration of reactants relative to products results in a more spontaneous reaction than one in which the reactants and products are in their standard states.(b) A high concentration of products relative to reactants results in a more spontaneous reaction than one in which the reactants and products are in their standard states.(c) A reaction in which the reactants are in standard states, but in which no products have formed, has a ΔGrxn that is more positive than ΔG˚rxn.

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Recall that ΔG˚rxn and K are related to each other:


ΔG°rxn=-RTlnK


Also recall that if:

• ΔG < 0 or ΔG = (–); the reaction is spontaneous

• ΔG = 0; the reaction is at equilibrium

• ΔG > 0 or ΔG = (+); the reaction is non-spontaneous

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According to Le Châtelier’s principle and the dependence of free energy on reactant and product concentrations, which statement is true? (Assume that both the reactants and products are gaseous.)
(a) A high concentration of reactants relative to products results in a more spontaneous reaction than one in which the reactants and products are in their standard states.
(b) A high concentration of products relative to reactants results in a more spontaneous reaction than one in which the reactants and products are in their standard states.
(c) A reaction in which the reactants are in standard states, but in which no products have formed, has a ΔGrxn that is more positive than ΔG˚rxn.

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