Gas-Phase Chemical Equilibrium: ConcepTest and Example Problem

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An example problem covering gas phase reaction equilibrium.
Example Problem 1

Hydrogen for a fuel cell can be formed by the reaction: \[CH_3OH(g) + H_2O(g) \rightleftharpoons CO_2(g) + 3H_2(g)\]

The reactor feed is at 2.0 bar and the water/methanol ratio is 1.5. What is the equilibrium conversion at 80°C and 2.0 bar? Assume ideal gases.