### Finding the order of a reagent using method of initial rates

Posted: **Fri Feb 13, 2015 12:06 am**

by **Cameron Sasmor 1G**

When trying to find the order of a reagent in a reaction, I don't understand why you're mathematically allowed to divide one rate formula by another. To me that doesn't seem like that's mathematically allowed. Divided equations by one another isn't something that's allowed in math last time I checked, so I don't know what kind of logical flaw I'm missing here and I'd like some help figuring it out.

### Re: Finding the order of a reagent using method of initial r

Posted: **Sun Feb 15, 2015 1:45 am**

by **Chem_Mod**

Dividing equations is mathematically allowed as long as we aren't dividing by zero. We assume that our rates and reactants aren't zero so this is okay.

### Re: Finding the order of a reagent using method of initial r

Posted: **Mon Feb 16, 2015 1:48 am**

by **Neil DSilva 1L**

If you look at page 56 in the course reader at the example problem with

and

, we divide because we're finding the

ratio of Rate 2 to Rate 1 (and this gives allows us to analyze the rates).