Determining Orders

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Katelyn B 2E
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Determining Orders

Postby Katelyn B 2E » Sun Mar 11, 2018 11:10 pm

I recognize that you can't assume that a substance's order correlates to its coefficient in a given chemical equation. Unless it is given in a problem, can you only determine the order of a substance in a general rate law when given a chart of concentrations and initial rates?

Lily Sperling 1E
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Re: Determining Orders

Postby Lily Sperling 1E » Sun Mar 11, 2018 11:16 pm

You can also plug your values into the differential rate law for the order you are assuming, and if you are correct, the slope of the line you create will be a straight line

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Re: Determining Orders

Postby Guangyu Li 2J » Mon Mar 12, 2018 1:35 am

Yes. Given that only one reactant's concentration changes, you can compare how many times the reactant's concentrations changes and how many times the reaction rate changes. If the times reaction rate change is the same as that of concentration changes, it is a firsr-order reaction. If the times reaction rate change is two times as that of concentration change, it is a second-order reaction.

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