Naming Clarification

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Sophia Bozone 2G
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Naming Clarification

Postby Sophia Bozone 2G » Sun Mar 04, 2018 7:31 pm

Is a Differential rate law the same thing as an Instantaneous rate law?
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Cassidy 1G
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Re: Naming Clarification

Postby Cassidy 1G » Sun Mar 04, 2018 7:37 pm

Yes it is!

Christy Lee 2H
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Re: Naming Clarification

Postby Christy Lee 2H » Sun Mar 04, 2018 8:00 pm

Yes! They're the same.

Anna Li 2E
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Re: Naming Clarification

Postby Anna Li 2E » Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:44 pm

If you've taken calculus you can remember that they are the same by thinking that when you find the derivative of something (ie: concentration vs. time) you are finding the slope of that graph.

The 'instantaneous rate' can also be thought of the slope/tangent line of a graph at a specific point, something you can find if you differentiate the equation. Hence instantaneous rate and differential rate are synonymous.

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