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For a, because the reaction is 2A-->B + C, why isn't there a 2 in the reaction. If we are solving the differential rate law -1/2 d[A]/dt=k[A]^2, we get -1/2 d[A]/[A]^2= kdt. If we multiply the 2 to the other side, we are left with -d[A]/[A]^2=2kdt. If we integrate both sides, we get 1/[A]=2kt + 1/[A]o. However, the answer key does not use this equation. Why not, please?
In lecture when we derived the differential rate law for second order reactions, we assumed a=1. For our purposes, it seems like they want us to assume that the coefficients do not affect the reaction (like the solutions manual shows), though I'm not really sure why they would not want us to take coefficients into account.
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