How does Le Chatelier's Principle describe an equilibrium response to a stress?

1 Answer
Jun 13, 2018

Answer:

...well the equilibrium moves in such a direction as to RELIEVE the external stress....

Explanation:

...and as I seem to remind my students ALL THE TIME #"RELIEVE "!=" COUNTERACT"#...and so suppose we gots the equilibrium...

#ArightleftharpoonsB#

...if the system has reached equilibrium...and we REMOVE, somehow, product #B#...the equilibrium moves to the right...in response to the new post-equilibrium conditions in order to resatisfy the equilibrium constant. And thus a change in reaction conditions...removal of #B# can drive the equilibrium to the right and the reaction to completion.