Quiz your students on their equilibria knowledge

Topics covered in this starter for ten activity are: dynamic equilibria, Le Châtelier’s principle and equilibria and industry. 

Example questions

This question is about the equilibrium established between hydrogen, iodine and hydrogen iodide;

H2 + I2 ⇌ 2 HI

1.(a) If the system is at equilibrium, indicate whether the statements below are True or False; (6 marks)

The rate of the forward and backward reaction must be the same

The concentration of the reactants and products is the same

The equilibrium must have been established by reacting hydrogen with iodine 

The system must be sealed


Iodine is purple in colour. Hydrogen and hydrogen iodide are colourless. Therefore as the iodine is used up, the colour of the system will gradually fade.

The pressure of the system will remain constant 

(b) The diagram on the left below shows how the concentration of reactants and products changes when the equilibrium is established from an equimolar mixture of hydrogen and iodine. Draw an equivalent diagram on the axes on the right to show how the concentration of reactants and products would change if the equilibrium was established from pure hydrogen iodide under the same conditions.

Equilibria image 1


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