Overall reaction order

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Overall reaction order

Postby JennyCKim1J » Thu Mar 01, 2018 11:28 am

Can someone explain what n and m is for the equation

overall reaction order = n + m?

Also, I thought I could determine reaction order by looking at k; is this just another method?

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Re: Overall reaction order

Postby Esin Gumustekin 2J » Thu Mar 01, 2018 11:35 am

I believe the overall reaction order is the sum of the orders of each reactant in the rate law. I'm not sure what the n and m stand for so I'm confused on that too.

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Re: Overall reaction order

Postby Chem_Mod » Thu Mar 01, 2018 1:56 pm

So n and m are the orders with respect to a specific reactant. For example, let's look at a simple reaction: N2 + 3H2 -> 2NH3

Rate = k[N2]^n [H2]^m

n is the order with respect to N2. N2 is nth order for this reaction.
m is the order with respect to H2. H2 is mth order for this reaction.

overall order for the reaction is adding up all the orders for your reaction, so in this case, it's n+m.

Hope this helps! :o

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