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Dynamic Equilibrium

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About the Course

In this course, Professor Karl Haushalter (Harvey Mudd College) introduces the topic of dynamic equilibrium, a unique state of a chemical reaction with unique properties. Understanding these properties is central to optimising industrial reactions. We begin by (i) describing what dynamic equilibrium is by looking at the interconversion of dinitrogen tetroxide into nitrogen dioxide, seeing how dynamic equilibrium differs from a complete reaction; (ii) moving on to how we measure the state the equilibrium using the equilibrium constant KC, then (iii) looking at how we can use KC to predict reactions, and applying this knowledge to some problems; then (iv) looking at and working through some ICE (Initial, Change, Equilibrium) calculations; before (v) understanding Le Chatelier’s principle; and finally (vi) briefly considering the connections of dynamic equilibrium to thermodynamics and kinetics.

About the Lecturer

Professor Karl Haushalter is Professor of Chemistry and Biology and Department Chair of Chemistry at Harvey Mudd College. He studies the details of DNA repair, providing an entry point into understanding the molecular mechanisms of carcinogenesis, aging, and evolution. In addition to these scientific pursuits, Prof. Haushalter is active in community efforts to combat the stigma associated with HIV-AIDS and support those living with HIV-AIDS through education and empowerment.