initial reaction rates

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Alison Trinh 1E
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initial reaction rates

Postby Alison Trinh 1E » Sun Mar 01, 2020 9:01 pm

How does comparing initial reaction rates help us with determining the forward and reverse reaction rates?

Jacob Puchalski 1G
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Re: initial reaction rates

Postby Jacob Puchalski 1G » Sun Mar 01, 2020 9:15 pm

We work with initial reaction rates because they're more clear and easier to measure.

Ashley Wang 4G
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Re: initial reaction rates

Postby Ashley Wang 4G » Sun Mar 01, 2020 9:27 pm

We compare initial reaction rates because at the initial stage of the concentration we can assume only the forward reaction is occurring, and we can find the max rate at which the concentration of reactants are decreasing/concentration of products are increasing.

If we compared reaction rates after the reaction has progressed for a while, there would be confounding since the reverse reaction would also be occurring.

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