How to use ICE charts to find equilibrium concentration

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Q1 If 1.00 mol each of carbon dioxide and hydrogen is initially injected into a 10.0-L reaction chamber at 986°C, what would be the concentrations of each entity at equilibrium?

CO2(g) +H2(g)→CO(g) +H2O(g)             = 1.60 for 986°C

( temperature is just to confuse you. Ignore it)

Step1:Convert the concentration into mol/l( if the concentration is already given in mol/l skip this step)

To get mol/l divide the number of moles with total volume given.1 mol/10 l=0.1 mol/l

Step2: Construct ICE chart by writing the equation.

Concentration(mol/l) CO2(g) +H2(g) →CO(g) +H2O(g)
Initial 0.1 0.1 0 0
Change -x* -x +x +x
Equilibrium (0.1-x) (0.1-x) x x


*Reactant's concentration goes down and product concentration goes up as the reaction proceeds.So for change in concentration we need to use -x for reactants and +x for products.

Step3: Write the equilibrium expression and solve it.





Step 4:Square toot on both sides.






(CO)=(H2O)=0.055 mol/l

(CO2)=(H2)=0.1-0.055=0.044 mol/l

Hint: the answer should be less than the initial concentration.If you get x value greater than the initial concentration then use negative value for K after square rooting it.

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