Division in Rate Law


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Liz White 1K
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Division in Rate Law

Postby Liz White 1K » Fri Mar 09, 2018 2:21 pm

What is the order of the reaction if the rate law includes division, such as rate = k*[A]/[B]? Would it be zero due to the fact that [A] has a power of 1 and [B] has a power of -1? Explain how this works please!

Seth_Evasco1L
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Re: Division in Rate Law

Postby Seth_Evasco1L » Fri Mar 09, 2018 2:27 pm

Yes, it would be zero! Overall order for "rate = k*[A]a/[B]b" is equal to a+b.

For rate = k*[A]/[B], overall order would be a+b or 1+(-1) = 0.

Leah Savage 2F
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Re: Division in Rate Law

Postby Leah Savage 2F » Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:54 pm

I thought that if there is a negative order, the overall rate law is indefinite?

Mitch Walters
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Re: Division in Rate Law

Postby Mitch Walters » Fri Mar 09, 2018 4:28 pm

The answer should be zero, since you would have a negative exponent in the denominator, and a positive exponent in the numerator, so when added together they should equal zero.


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