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Skyllar Kuppinger 1F
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Postby Skyllar Kuppinger 1F » Tue Mar 10, 2020 2:26 am

Why is the "rate at which oxygen reacts" written as a positive number? Oxygen is a reactant. In what situation would we write the negative sign?

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Re: 7A.3

Postby ALegala_2I » Tue Mar 10, 2020 8:47 am

Since the question is asking about the rate of consumption, it is already taking into account that oxygen is being used up. Therefore the answer is meant to be positive in terms of consumption rate.

Ryan Chang 1C
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Re: 7A.3

Postby Ryan Chang 1C » Tue Mar 10, 2020 10:17 pm

Rates are generally never expressed as negative, even when referring to reactants.

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Re: 7A.3

Postby Charlene Datu 2E » Tue Mar 10, 2020 10:19 pm

A rate is inherently a positive value, whether or not the molecule is being consumed or produced

Junwei Sun 4I
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Re: 7A.3

Postby Junwei Sun 4I » Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:39 am

The question is already stating "rate of consumption" of oxygen therefore sign is already taken into account in this case.

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Re: 7A.3

Postby Trent Yamamoto 2J » Thu Mar 12, 2020 12:50 pm

A rate is usually referred to as a positive number and already takes this into account

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Re: 7A.3

Postby Tanmay Singhal 1H » Thu Mar 12, 2020 12:52 pm

rates can never be negative. even if it is backward reaction the rate is positive

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