Determining Rate Orders


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Emily Ng_4C
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Determining Rate Orders

Postby Emily Ng_4C » Fri Mar 08, 2019 2:32 pm

How can you tell what the order of each reactant is based on a table of rates and concentrations? Is there a formula or pattern?

Mya Majewski 1L
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Re: Determining Rate Orders

Postby Mya Majewski 1L » Fri Mar 08, 2019 2:36 pm

You look at when one reactant changes and the other doesn't or stays the same (lets say the one reactant doubles). Then, you compare this to the corresponding reaction rate and if that changes (lets say it doubles for instance).
So, you will be left with 2^x (2 raised to the X equals the rate)=2 (rate doubled)
x=1, therefore, that specific reactant is first order.
Repeat again for other reactant when its concentration changes and use the experiments when the other reactant (the one you just calculated) stays the same.

Kobe_Wright
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Re: Determining Rate Orders

Postby Kobe_Wright » Fri Mar 08, 2019 3:43 pm

There's good examples of this in this weeks worksheets posted by a UA

Sophie Roberts 1E
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Re: Determining Rate Orders

Postby Sophie Roberts 1E » Fri Mar 08, 2019 7:58 pm

You look at when the concentration of one reactant changes and the amount their corresponding reaction rates change. You then raise the concentration to the power "n" and set it equal to the change in reaction rates to find the exponents of the reactants in the rate law. Once you find the exponents of all the reactants, you can determine the order of the reaction.


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