Problem: An important step in the industrial production of hydrogen is the reaction of carbon monoxide with water (i.e. the water gas shift reaction):CO (g) + H2O (g) ⇋ CO2 (g) + H2 (g)What are the new equilibrium partial pressures of all gases if 0.2 moles of Xe gas are added to the container at constant volume?

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We asked to determine the new equilibrium partial pressures of all gases.

Xe is a noble gas that does not react with the present gases so it is treated as an inert gas. 


An inert gas represents a non-reactive gas usually in the form of a noble gas (Xe in this case). 


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An important step in the industrial production of hydrogen is the reaction of carbon monoxide with water (i.e. the water gas shift reaction):

CO (g) + H2O (g) ⇋ CO2 (g) + H2 (g)

What are the new equilibrium partial pressures of all gases if 0.2 moles of Xe gas are added to the container at constant volume?

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