Deriving the Rate Laws

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Abigail Urbina 1K
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Deriving the Rate Laws

Postby Abigail Urbina 1K » Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:32 pm

When we are deriving the rate laws, does it matter whether we use definite or indefinite integrals? Will we be able to come to the same rate law equations if we use either definite or indefinite integrals? When do we know what is appropriate to use/what we should use?

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Re: Deriving the Rate Laws

Postby nathansalce 3e » Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:05 pm

I think since the derivation of the equation speaks in general terms and has no specific definite value to integrate for, much like all the derivations we have done. I think all of our derivations thus far have been indefinite integrals meaning we are just integrating the variables, which is the important part.

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Re: Deriving the Rate Laws

Postby Vincent Tse 1K » Fri Mar 09, 2018 12:39 am

In a general sense, it doesn't particularly matter if you use definite or indefinite integrals. All a definite integral does is specify the bounds of integration. You should be able to come to the same equations using both--I think Dr. Lavelle did it in class with indefinite, and the textbook uses definite (for the most part). You use definite integrals whenever you specifically want to integrate in a certain range.

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Re: Deriving the Rate Laws

Postby Andrew Nguyen 2I » Fri Mar 09, 2018 6:04 pm

I think the slides in class have been using indefinite integration; though there are a lot of sources which tell you how to get the same equation with definite integration. For the most part the algebra and calculus is very similar up to the last step. Nonetheless, both ways can give you the same equation- depending on which is easier for you, you should use that method.

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