practice quiz 1 number 9

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practice quiz 1 number 9

Postby Dahriel Aron 3A » Sun Feb 14, 2016 4:52 pm

This question asks how long it takes the reactant concentration to drop from .0840 to .0220 with k= 8.39. I used ln final/initial = -kt and got .159 seconds but the answer is 4 seconds, and I was wondering what the right way to do this was?

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Re: practice quiz 1 number 9

Postby DEVIKA CHANDRAMOHAN 1I » Sun Feb 14, 2016 9:47 pm

First, we have to determine what order the reaction is taking place in. This can be determined by looking at the units of k. For first order reactions, k is given in s-1. For second order, k is given in L mol-1 s-1. In this case, we have k in M-1 s-1 which is the same as L mol-1 s-1. Thus, we set this up as a second order reaction:

1/[A]t = 1/[A]0 + kt

When you plug in the values, you get 4 seconds. If you need to see the explanation for the units more clearly, see page 620 in the textbook. I hope this helps.

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