Determining Rate Laws


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Niharika 1H
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Determining Rate Laws

Postby Niharika 1H » Tue Mar 10, 2020 9:43 pm

Can we only use the coefficients of the reactants/products in a reaction as the exponents in a rate law for intermediate rate laws?

Alex Tchekanov Dis 2k
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Re: Determining Rate Laws

Postby Alex Tchekanov Dis 2k » Tue Mar 10, 2020 9:45 pm

You can only use the coefficients when you are looking at an elementary step or a rate determining step

Jordan Young 2J
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Re: Determining Rate Laws

Postby Jordan Young 2J » Tue Mar 10, 2020 9:54 pm

You would only use the coefficients of the reactants, not the products, because the rate laws only use the concentrations of the reactants in the reaction.

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Re: Determining Rate Laws

Postby Astrid Lunde 1I » Tue Mar 10, 2020 10:00 pm

You can also look at K's units to find which order it is. M/S is 0th order. 1/S is 1st order. 1/SM is 2nd order.

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Re: Determining Rate Laws

Postby Charlene Datu 2E » Tue Mar 10, 2020 10:16 pm

In the intermediate rate laws, only the reactants are used. Their coefficients are used as exponents in the intermediate rate law. However, for the overall rate law, it would depend on the slow step.


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