## solving for a

$aR \to bP, Rate = -\frac{1}{a} \frac{d[R]}{dt} = \frac{1}{b}\frac{d[P]}{dt}$

Rebecca Doan 2L
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### solving for a

When solving for (a) in rate reaction problems, will the answer always be a whole number or 1,2,etc...?

Mia Navarro 1D
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### Re: solving for a

Though we haven't learned this in class, it can be 0.5 if it can be split to then react with the second reactant.

Therefore it is not always a whole number.

Sophie Krylova 2J
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### Re: solving for a

I don't think it has to be, because you can always multiply and divide all the coefficients by the same number to go from fractions to whole numbers and vice versa and the reaction won't change.