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Homework question 15.3: "In 20 s the concentration of nitrogen dioxide, NO2, decreases from 450 mmol.L-1 to 320 mmol.L-1 in the reaction 2NO2(g)--->2NO(g) + O2(g). Determine the rate of reaction of NO2" Why is it that in the answer key the rate of reaction of NO2 is not divided by its stoichiometric coefficient of 2?
The question asks for the rate of reaction of NO2 rather than the unique average rate of the reaction (which would divide the rate by 2). Therefore, the rate of reaction of NO2 is the change in NO2 over the change in time multiplied by -1.
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