When do we calculate for k

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Chew 2H
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When do we calculate for k

Postby Chew 2H » Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:35 pm

I've seen problems that uses k either from the value given in the textbook or by calculating it. how do we know when we calculate for it ourselves and when we simply use the table provided in the textbook?

Cooper1C
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Re: When do we calculate for k

Postby Cooper1C » Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:41 pm

k is based on experimental data, so if you're given data you are probably expected to calculate it. If not, I think you can use the table.

Aditya Pimplaskar 1J
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Re: When do we calculate for k

Postby Aditya Pimplaskar 1J » Wed Feb 28, 2018 11:01 pm

You can calculate k using integrated rate laws or half life formulas if you are given information about the other variables that are involved (including final and initial concentrations and time/half life). Algebraically isolate k in the formula appropriate for the reactant order and solve.

Alejandra Rios 1L
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Re: When do we calculate for k

Postby Alejandra Rios 1L » Sat Mar 03, 2018 2:14 pm

If there is a table given, you could use that to find the k value; however, there are cases where the problem will ask you to solve for k and you will have to use the equations we have derived for each reaction and solve for k with the given information. If a problem were to come up and it doesn't directly ask you to solve for k but it is also not given, you can work with the values given to get a k.


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