catalysts speeds up the reaction, but it does not shift the position of the equilibrium. explain? what equilibrium are they talking about?

Asked by Riya Satish | 17th Aug, 2010, 04:29: PM

Expert Answer:

For a given temperature, a catalyst will speed up the reaction and therefore speed up the attainment of the equilibrium, but will not alter the proportions of reactants and products
An equilibrium is able to shift in either direction, either towards reactants or towards products but since the proportion of reactants and products is not affected bt catalyst  it does not shift the equilibrium

Answered by  | 18th Aug, 2010, 10:43: AM

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