How would you explain Le Chatelier's principle?

1 Answer
Jul 25, 2016

Answer:

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 #"offset"# is not equivalent to #"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.