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Rhea Shah 2F
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units

Postby Rhea Shah 2F » Sun Mar 08, 2020 7:59 pm

How do I determine the units of k for a reaction?

SnehinRajkumar1L
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Re: units

Postby SnehinRajkumar1L » Sun Mar 08, 2020 8:04 pm

In your rate law equation, you'd multiply out the units of the reactants to find the units.

JonathanS 1H
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Re: units

Postby JonathanS 1H » Sun Mar 08, 2020 8:10 pm

The equilibrium constant, K has no units. If you mean rate constant, k, then the units are mol.L-1.s-1 for a zero order reaction, s-1 for a first order reaction, and L.mol-1.s-1 for a second order reaction.

Cavalli_1H
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Re: units

Postby Cavalli_1H » Sun Mar 08, 2020 8:11 pm

K is a relative ratio so from my understanding it has no specific units

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Re: units

Postby KHowe_1D » Sun Mar 08, 2020 9:03 pm

K (the equilibrium constant) has no units.

VLi_2B
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Re: units

Postby VLi_2B » Sun Mar 08, 2020 9:06 pm

K = equilibrium constant has no units
k = rate constant units fluctuate between orders

0 order units: M/s, M/min, M/hr, etc.
1st order units: s-1, min-1, hr-1, etc.
2nd order units: M-1s-1, M-1min-1, M-1hr-1, etc.

Chris Charton 1B
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Re: units

Postby Chris Charton 1B » Sun Mar 08, 2020 10:04 pm

The equilibrium constant does not have units

chari_maya 3B
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Re: units

Postby chari_maya 3B » Sun Mar 08, 2020 10:06 pm

There is a chart explaining this on page 595 of the textbook

Areli C 1L
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Re: units

Postby Areli C 1L » Sun Mar 08, 2020 10:08 pm

I don't think K has units? thought it was unitless since its an EQ constant.

Niharika 1H
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Re: units

Postby Niharika 1H » Sun Mar 08, 2020 10:09 pm

the rate constant k has units s-1 for a first order reaction, and (L*mol-1*s-1) for a second order reaction.

Nathan Rothschild_2D
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Re: units

Postby Nathan Rothschild_2D » Sun Mar 08, 2020 10:12 pm

for 0 order reactions the units are M/s (or any unit for time)

Zoya Mulji 1K
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Re: units

Postby Zoya Mulji 1K » Sun Mar 08, 2020 10:18 pm

the units will depend on the rate law and the order of the reaction because that will influence the power to which the units are multiplied. I would find the answer and then write out the formula with just the units to calculate/find what those would be.

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Re: units

Postby Orrin Zhong 4G » Sun Mar 08, 2020 10:30 pm

k has different units depending on what order the reaction is. Since rate has units (mol x L)/s, you just set up a unit equation: mol x L/s = k x (mol x L)^(order of rxn) and solve for the units of k.


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