Differential and Integrated Rate Laws


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Ju-Wei Wang 1I
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Differential and Integrated Rate Laws

Postby Ju-Wei Wang 1I » Sat Mar 03, 2018 2:24 pm

How do you know when to use a differential rate law versus an integrated rate law? Are there specific things you can look for in the question that direct you to use a certain equation over the other?

Samantha Joseph 1F
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Re: Differential and Integrated Rate Laws

Postby Samantha Joseph 1F » Sat Mar 03, 2018 2:31 pm

The main difference between differential and integrated rate laws are that differential rate laws are used to describe a reaction rate as a function of the change in concentration over a time period, whereas integrate rate laws show the initial and actual concentration values after a period of time. For example, the differential law means rate = -d[A]/dt, showing that the change in value needs to be provided to answer the question. For integrated (example when n=1), ln[A] = -kt + ln[A0], so you need to know t and the initial and/or final concentration values.

Ridhi Ravichandran 1E
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Re: Differential and Integrated Rate Laws

Postby Ridhi Ravichandran 1E » Sat Mar 03, 2018 5:36 pm

You use integrated rate laws when you need to find the time or final/initial concentrations. Most problems involve using the integrated rate law; we deal with the differential rate law when we need to find reaction orders, etc.

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Re: Differential and Integrated Rate Laws

Postby Diego Zavala 2I » Sun Mar 04, 2018 12:27 pm

For our class most, if not all, problems will use the integrated rate law. The differential rate law is used to derive the integrated rate law


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