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CO(g) + 2H2(g) ⇌ CH3OH(g). A pressure of 100 atmospheres is used instead of atmospheric pressure. The higher pressure gives a greater yield of methanol and an increased rate of reaction. Explain why.

4 marksExplanation: Increasing the pressure (gases) of reactions increases the frequency of collisions, therefore increasing the rate of reaction.If the pressure is increased in a reaction involving gases, the equilibrium position moves in the direction of the fewest molecules of gas, to reduce the pressure.(yield)1.equilibrium position moves to the product side2.(because) fewer molecules / moles / particles on product side(rate)3.more collisions per unit time4.(because) more molecules / particles per unit volume

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