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Problem 15.101

Posted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 11:36 pm
by Jason Muljadi 2C
How exactly does the rate law differ if the reactions were carried out in an organic solvent? I'm not really understanding this concept.

Re: Problem 15.101  [ENDORSED]

Posted: Mon Feb 26, 2018 2:13 pm
by Chem_Mod

The mechanism uses H2O to protonate the ClO- anion. This suggests that this reaction is occurring in aqueous solution (we have plenty of H2O).

If this reaction occurred in an organic solvent, we wouldn't have plenty of H2O, but rather the organic solvent (say CH4). Seeing as to how H2O is within our rate law, using organic solvent rather than aqueous would affect our rate.