Observed and experimental rate

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Observed and experimental rate

Postby Junwei Sun 4I » Tue Mar 10, 2020 9:31 pm

What are the differences between observant rate and experimental rate? Will there be circumstances that they don’t match for a given reaction?

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Re: Observed and experimental rate

Postby AArmellini_1I » Wed Mar 11, 2020 9:37 am

Observed rate is the rate that an experiment would find, the experimental rate is the rate we would expect (such as the rate of the slow step). These rates always equal one another but it may not look like they do. When this happens you have to look at the equilibrium constant of the previous faster step and solve for the intermediate, then substitute that value back in to your experimental rate. With a little moving around your observed and experimental rate should eventually equal one another.

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