Half Life

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Ethan Vuong 3G
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Half Life

Postby Ethan Vuong 3G » Sat Mar 03, 2018 1:38 pm

Just generally, since each half life equation is different depending on which order it is in, are they essentially the same thing but based off of their respective rate laws?

Angela G 2K
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Re: Half Life

Postby Angela G 2K » Sat Mar 03, 2018 2:22 pm

Half-life is just the time needed for the concentration to reach half its initial concentration. That definition is the same no matter the order of the reaction. To get the half-life equation from each different rate law, just set t=t1/2, and [A]=1/2 {A}0, and then just algebraically separate t1/2 from the equation.

Jasmin Tran 1J
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Re: Half Life

Postby Jasmin Tran 1J » Sat Mar 03, 2018 2:27 pm

You can also see a Rate Law Summary in Table 15.2 in the book, and it shows a comparison of all three rate laws to see how they are related.

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Re: Half Life

Postby Diego Zavala 2I » Sun Mar 04, 2018 12:32 pm

Yes, the half-life represents the same concept in all the rate laws. The half-life equation varies according to the order of the reaction because the integrated rate laws depend on the order of the reaction

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