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Mallika Singh 1G
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Postby Mallika Singh 1G » Mon Mar 09, 2020 8:41 pm

Ethene is a component of natural gas, and its combustion
has been thoroughly studied. At a certain temperature and pressure, the unique rate of the combustion reaction C2H4(g) + 3 O2(g) --> 2 CO2(g) + 2 H2O(g) is 0.44 mol/Ls
(a) What is the rate at which oxygen reacts? (b) What is the rate of formation of water?

The answer for a) is 1.3, which is what I got. I'm just confused as to why we don't need to include a negative sign? When talking about the unique avg rxn rate formula in the book, it has a negative sign next to the reactants.

Harry Zhang 1B
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Re: 7A.3

Postby Harry Zhang 1B » Mon Mar 09, 2020 9:45 pm

Oxygen here is the reactant and therefore its final-initial will be a negative value and the negative sign you see in the unique rate formula takes care of that negative sign and change the rate into a positive one. For the reason of comparing, all rates are considered to be positive in this type of problem.

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