Coefficients in rate laws

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Delour Haj 3J
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Coefficients in rate laws

Postby Delour Haj 3J » Sat Mar 18, 2017 1:04 am

Is there ever a time when one should take the coefficient that is in front of a reactant in an equation, and use it as an exponent for that reactant in the equation's rate law? Is there a rule regarding taking the coefficients and using them as the exponent as well?

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Re: Coefficients in rate laws

Postby Aishwarya_Natarajan_2F » Sat Mar 18, 2017 4:00 am

You would only use coefficients as exponents when writing rate laws for elementary steps of a reaction mechanism, otherwise coefficients cannot be used to write a rate law.

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