Units pseudo rate law


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Units pseudo rate law

Postby CHEM 14B Lover » Sun Mar 10, 2019 2:39 pm

What are the units of for pseudo rate law constant (k')?

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Re: Units pseudo rate law

Postby Rebecca Altshuler 1D » Sun Mar 10, 2019 2:54 pm

I believe it depends on the order of the reaction. For example, for a second order rate constant rate = k[A][B], if we assume B is in large excess, then we can say rate = k'[A] where k' = k[B]. In this case, the units of k are 1/M*s, so when we multiply this by the concentration of B we get 1/s as the units of k'. This makes sense because in this equation k' is acting as a first order rate constant, and should have the units 1/s.

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Re: Units pseudo rate law

Postby Matthew Mar 1J » Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:40 pm

So if it's a pseudo first order reaction, treat it as if its just a normal first order reaction to find the units and so on.


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