# How would you explain Le Chatelier's principle?

Jul 25, 2016

How would I explain it? Well, I hope to do so correctly.

#### Explanation:

If an equilibrium is subjected to an external perturbation, the equilibrium will move so as to offset the external perturbation.

The important point to note here is that $\text{offset}$ is not equivalent to $\text{counteract}$. Certainly with temperature changes, the equilibrium may be subject to change with respect to the equilibrium constant. We speak of the initial change, the first response, of the equilibrium mixture.