Quiz 2 Prep (#7 from Winter 2016)


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Mihika Sridhar 3H
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Quiz 2 Prep (#7 from Winter 2016)

Postby Mihika Sridhar 3H » Mon Feb 20, 2017 10:25 pm

I'm having some trouble understanding this question and the answer:
Q: Which one of the following is true for a reaction that has only one reactant?
A) If the reaction is first order, then t1/2 will double as the initial concentration of the reactant doubles.
B) If the reaction is zero order, then t1/2 will double as the initial concentration of the reactant doubles.
C) If the reaction is second order, then t1/2 will double as the initial concentration of the reactant doubles.
D) If the reaction is second order, then t1/2 will double as the initial concentration of the reactant is reduced to half.
E) Both B and D. [answer]

Ethan Frankel 2C
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Re: Quiz 2 Prep (#7 from Winter 2016)

Postby Ethan Frankel 2C » Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:52 pm

Professor Lavelle derived half-life reaction laws during one lecture a week or so ago. On page 66 and 67 of the course reader, the half-life equations are provided: second order is t1/2 = 1/k[A]o and zero order is t1/2 = [A]o/2k. Since there's only one reactant, both zero order and second order reactions depend on initial concentration, whereas first order reactions depend only on k. Hope that helps!


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