Units of Rate Constant


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DanielleNario1A
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Units of Rate Constant

Postby DanielleNario1A » Mon Mar 04, 2019 9:57 pm

How can you use units of the rate constant to identify order of the reaction?

Cole Elsner 2J
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Re: Units of Rate Constant

Postby Cole Elsner 2J » Mon Mar 04, 2019 10:22 pm

In a zero order reaction, the rate constant would just be M*s^-1. With a first order reaction, we'd have just s^-1, as we'd have M from our reactant. In second order we have M^-1*s^-1, and from every unit jump forwards, we have a higher number of M, which is just our order # - 1.

Lauren Ho 2E
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Re: Units of Rate Constant

Postby Lauren Ho 2E » Mon Mar 04, 2019 10:29 pm

Completing 15.9 in the sixth edition should be very helpful in understanding this concept!

005113695
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Re: Units of Rate Constant

Postby 005113695 » Tue Mar 05, 2019 7:32 pm

each order's units are different. However, Cole's units are correct and are very helpful in figuring out which order is being used.

JiangJC Dis2K
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Re: Units of Rate Constant

Postby JiangJC Dis2K » Tue Mar 05, 2019 8:08 pm

Yes. For zero order, the rate constant units are mol/Lsec., First order=1/s, 2nd order=L/molsec.


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