Theoretical yield in reversible reaction

Activity: Scholarly activities in Learning and Teaching reflectionProfessional and scholarly communities reflection


Students learn to calculate theoretical yields as is the case in subject CHM104. This is an important information especially when performing lab experiments since it gives feedback on the quality of experimental work performed in the lab. However some reactions which students study in the lab are of reversible type e.g. synthesis of esters. The students were challenged to deduce what their theoretical yield of product would be if they know the amounts of reactants used and equilibrium constant for the esterification reaction. The yield expected would be smaller than one calculated under the assumption of reaction which proceeded to completion. The is was the learning objective of the reflection. The aim was to encourage students to reflect on what they learn in lectures compared to the measured quantity they obtain in the lab.
Period01 Apr 202008 Oct 2020
Held atAgricultural, Environmental and Veterinary Sciences
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • chemical education