Problem: At a given temperature, the equilibrium constant (Kp) for the reaction PCl5(g) ↔ PCl3(g) + Cl2(g) is 0.395 {also Kp= Kc(0.0821 T)}. What is the total pressure of the equilibrium system in mmHg if there are 100 mmHg of both PCl3(g) and PCl5(g) at equilibrium?a. 400. mmHgb. 300. mmHgc. 595. mmHgd. 500. mmHge. 200. mmHg

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We’re being asked to determine the total pressure at equilibrium.


PCl5(g) ↔ PCl3(g) + Cl2(g) 


Recall that the equilibrium constant is the ratio of the products and reactants

We use Kp when dealing with pressure and Kc when dealing with concentration:


Kp=PproductsPreactants     Kc=[products][reactants]


Note that solid and liquid compounds are ignored in the equilibrium expression.


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At a given temperature, the equilibrium constant (Kp) for the reaction PCl5(g) ↔ PCl3(g) + Cl2(g) is 0.395 {also Kp= Kc(0.0821 T)}. What is the total pressure of the equilibrium system in mmHg if there are 100 mmHg of both PCl3(g) and PCl5(g) at equilibrium?

a. 400. mmHg

b. 300. mmHg

c. 595. mmHg

d. 500. mmHg

e. 200. mmHg

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