## Finding n

Michelle Lee 2E
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### Finding n

What if the n value we calculate using the method of initial rates was not a whole number but some weird decimal?

Emilie Hoffman 1E
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### Re: Finding n

Then it might not be the actual n of the specific concentration you're looking for. My TA said that is should always be close enough to a whole number for you to easily round it, even if it's off a little. Also, I'm confused as to how you're directly calculating n because we usually compare the ratios of the observed rate change and the change in concentration, which determines which n value you're going to use through how the concentration change affects the rate.

Kyra LeRoy 1E
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### Re: Finding n

When using experimental data, answers will not always be exact. However, they should be close enough to where you can assume 1.9 or 2.1 is 2, but not assuming the answer is 2 if you have, for example, 2.5.

AnuPanneerselvam1H
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### Re: Finding n

My TA mentioned that for problems in this class, n will always be close to a whole number.

Annalyn Diaz 1J
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### Re: Finding n

Michelle Lee 2E wrote:What if the n value we calculate using the method of initial rates was not a whole number but some weird decimal?

Dr. Lavelle also said in lecture that he wouldn't give us any fractional orders or anything that you couldn't round to a whole number.

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