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Calculation of equilibrium using fugacities

  1. Sep 24, 2011 #1
    Its been a while since I took thermo. I was looking through my notes regarding fugacity at chemical equilibrium. There was a clever algorithm used to determine whether the pure compound was at equilibrium based upon the varying pressure with a constant temperature. It had the calculation "(fL/fv)-1" display values, fL being fugacity of the liquid and fv being the fugacity of the vapor. After several inputs of different pressures this calculation will approach 0. Now if "(fL/fv)-1" equals zero then fugacities are equal yielding a chemical equilibrium.

    Now if my memory serves there is a reason why we use "(fL/fv)-1" in lieu of "(fv/fL)-1". I am not sure why fL has to be in the numerator. If someone can assist me or show me the right direction I would greatly appreciate it.
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