## Graph of ln[A] against time

Dakota_Campbell_1C
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### Graph of ln[A] against time

In lecture Lavelle had a graph that had ln[A] on the Y axis and time on the X axis. I was confused to see that the plot for the graph was linear. Why is it linear if the graph of ln is exponential?

Sam Joslyn 1G
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### Re: Graph of ln[A] against time

This graph is referring to a first-order reaction. The plot of ln[A] vs. time is linear because first-order processes see the concentration of [A] undergo exponential decay; therefore, a graph of ln[A] for a first-order process would theoretically be linear with a slope=-k.

Danny Elias Dis 1E
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### Re: Graph of ln[A] against time

Look at it this way: if you were to graph the points without ln, the curve would be exponential. So, in order to make the graph linear, you must take the ln of the data. The ln is changing the curve into a line.

Nico Edgar 4L
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### Re: Graph of ln[A] against time

This graph is linear if it is a first order reaction, as in that case the reaction rate is in the form of a linear equation or line.

Sophie Roberts 1E
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### Re: Graph of ln[A] against time

If the graph of [A] vs time is linear then it's a Zero Order reaction.
If the graph of ln[A] vs time is linear then it's a First Order reaction.
If the graph of 1/[A] vs time is linear then it's a Second Order reaction.