Chemical Equilibrium: Dynamic Equilibrium in Chemistry

len Alfred Ajibola - 09th November, 2020 @ 12:38 PM

Topics in Chemistry

Le Chatelier's Principle: Changes in Concentration and Pressure explained in Dynamic Equilibrium Chemical Equilibrium: Dynamic Equilibrium in Chemistry Static and Dynamic Equilibrium explained with their Differences Chemistry Scheme of Work, SS1, First Term Chemistry Scheme of Work, SS1, Second Term Chemistry Scheme of Work, SS1, Third Term Compounds in Chemistry: Characteristics of Compounds Types of Mixture: Homogenous and Heterogeneous Mixtures Mixtures: Characteristics of Mixtures Physical Properties of Matter explained with Examples Chemical Properties of Matter explained with Examples Differences between Physical and Chemical Change Ionic Theory and Electrolysis Physical and Chemical Properties of Acids States of Matter: Characteristics of Solids Liquid State of Matter: Characteristics of Liquids Gaseous State of Matter: Characteristics of Gases Molar Mass, Worked Examples and Differences with Molecular Mass Elements: Characteristics of Elements Salts and Types of Salt in Chemistry

Academic Questions in Chemistry

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The Separating Funnel is a technique used in the separation of mixtures. Another name for Separating Funnel is the _____ Funnel.

  • A. Partition
  • B. Separatory
  • C. Division
  • D. Liquid
  • E. Half
  • F. Dividing

2NH4+(aq) + Ag+(aq) -> 2H4AgN

The equation above represents _____ acid.

  • A. Svante Arrhenius'

  • B. Brønsted–Lowry's

  • C. Gilbert Lewis'

  • D. Avogadro's

  • E. Sir Isaac Newton's

  • F. Albert Einstein's

According to Brønsted Thomas Martin Lowry, an acid is defined as _____.

  • A. Any substance that produces hydrogen ion (H+) when dissolved in water

  • B. A substance that accepts electron pair in a chemical reaction

  • C. A substance that gives out hydronium ion (H3O+) when dissolved in water

  • D. A substance that donates a proton in a chemical reaction

  • E. A substance that reacts with a base to form salt and water

  • F. A substance whose hydrogen ions  (H+) are displaced after a reaction with metals higher in the activity, reactivity or electrochemical series

Which of the following is NOT a characteristic of chemical change?

  • A. A new thing is formed
  • B. It cannot be easily separated into it's constituents elements
  • C. A new chemical formula accompanies whatever is formed
  • D. The burning of candle is an example of a chemical change
  • E. Blood is an example of a chemical change
  • F. Iron rust is an example of a chemical change

Which of the following statement is FALSE concerning a physical change _____.

  • A. Substances formed in a physical change have a unique chemical formula and IUPAC name
  • B. It's a change that is easily reversible
  • C. It's a change that can be separated via an appropriate separation technique
  • D. No new substance is formed
  • E. A mixture of salt and water is a physical change
  • F. Physical change can result to a change in color and shapes of substances

The following substances will sublime EXCEPT _____.

  • A. Sodium Cryolite
  • B. Solid Carbon(IV)oxide
  • C. Arsenic
  • D. Sulphur
  • E. Iodine Crystals
  • F. Naphthalene

Which of the following is a state of matter?

  • A. Ions
  • B. Plasma
  • C. Compounds
  • D. Molecules
  • E. Atoms
  • F. None of the above

The ideal way of separating a mixture of blood is through _____.

  • A. Chromatography
  • B. Fractional Distillation
  • C. Centrifugation
  • D. Filtration
  • E. Separating Funnel
  • F. Fractional Crystallization



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Dynamic Equilibrium in Chemistry:

In chemistry, chemical equilibrium is often referred to as dynamic equilibrium.

Recall that the word 'equilibrium' in English refers to a state of balance or stability. However, dynamic equilibrium in chemistry focuses on the stability of reaction rate between reactants and products in a chemical reaction.

You can read on the differences between static and dynamic equilibrium here.

Note: Chemical or Dynamic equilibrium will only occur in a reversible reaction which is always denoted by the forward and backward arrow signs (). An instance is shown in the formation of ammonia (NH3) via the Haber process.

N2(g) + 3H2(g) ⇌ 2NH3(g)

Reversible reaction is a type of reaction whereby the reaction can proceed in both directions (forward and backward direction).

You can read on periodic table and classification of elements here.

Dynamic equilibrium is said to be reached in chemical reaction when the rate of forward reaction equals that of the backward reaction and as such, the concentration of the reactants and products remain constant with time even though the movement of substances still occurs between both (reactants and products); while the system shows no further change in properties.

The image below shows the processes that results into dynamic equilibrium:
Dynamic Equilibrium - Len Academy
You can read on chemical properties of matter explained with examples here.

Dynamic equilibrium does not commence at the beginning of a reaction. The forward reaction must first proceed; that is, the reactants collide or react in order to form the products. After some time, the backward reaction also proceeds as the products begins to react, forming back the reactants. This forward and backward reaction continues differentially until the both reactions proceed at the same rate. At this point, dynamic equilibrium is said to be reached.

You can read on elements and their characteristics here.

A reversible reaction must occur in a closed system for dynamic equilibrium to be attained. This ensures that neither the reactants nor products are lost during the chemical reaction. As an instance, iodine is a substance that sublimes (that is; changes directly from solid to a gaseous state when heated).

When iodine is heated in an open container, it sublimes into gaseous iodine which escapes into the atmosphere; and there will be no way for the backward reaction to proceed.

I2(s) -> I2(g)

You can read on the states of matter and characteristics of solids here.

However, if the heated container was sealed (in a closed system), the iodine crystals sublime into a purple iodine vapour, and both the crystals and vapour remains inside the container until a chemical equilibrium is reached.


Dynamic Equilibrium in closed system - Len Academy

Please read on sublimation and other separation techniques here.

Note: The concentrations of both the reactants and products must remain constant and not necessarily the same when dynamic equilibrium is reached in a system.

It is important to state that factors such as 'a change' in concentration, pressure or temperature will affect or alter the dynamic equilibrium in a system. This was explained by a French Chemist named Henry Louis Le Chatelier. It was his principle - 'Le Chatelier’s Principle, also known as the Equilibrium Law' that explains the aformentioned changes, predicting their effects on a system in dynamic or chemical equilibrium.

Please read more on Le Chatelier’s principles and the Factors that affects dynamic equilibrium here.

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Amazing facts in Chemistry

The only letters that failed to appear on the periodic table are letters:

J     &     Q

Gold and copper are the only two non-silvery colored metals.

Please read some interesting facts about gold here

Copper is the only metal that is naturally antibacterial. This is why you would see some children utilize 'copper' water bottles in schools

Water actually freezes faster when it’s warm than when it’s cold

Most element in their pure state exists physically in different forms. For instance, pure carbon can exist as both diamond and graphite. This phenomenon is called allotropy.

Please read on modification of Dalton's atomic theory here.

If you pour a handful of salt into a full glass of water, the water level will go down rather than overflowing the glass.

Similarly, if you mix half liter of water and half litre of alcohol, the total volume of the liquid will be les than one litre


Gold ; Len Academy

Below are some facts about gold

  • It is the only metal that has a gold (golden) color.

  • Gold is present inside the earth crust in all the seven continents.

  • Pure gold is soft and very stretchable (It can even be stretched into threads).

  • The Latin name of Gold is aurum which means 'shining dawn'. For this reason, its chemical symbol is 'Au'.

  • Gold is a very good conductor of electricity. This is why it’s sometimes used in making USB and audio cables.

  • Gold is non toxic and can be eaten with food. It is sometimes added to desserts in some expensive restaurants.

  • The term Gold originated from an ancient English word 'geolu' which means yellow.

  • 24karat gold is the purest gold element.

Please read more interesting facts about gold here

An acid is a substance that produces Hydrogen ions (H+) when dissolved in water (or when in the form of an aqueous solution).

Svante Arrhenius definition of Acid


An acid is a substance that donates a proton in a chemical reaction.

Brønsted Thomas Martin Lowry definition of Acid


An acid is a substance that accept an electron pair in a chemical reaction.

Gilbert Newton Lewis definition of Acid


Finally, Acids can also be also defined as substances that gives out hydronium ion (H3O+) when dissolved in water.


In summary, all acids will always contain the positive H+ (cation) and an anionic group in their formula. For instance, the acid HCl (Hydrogen Chloride) contains H+ as cation and Cl- as its anion.

Please read the explanations of the above definitions of acid here