Half life- zero order

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Jasmin Argueta 1K
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Half life- zero order

Postby Jasmin Argueta 1K » Thu Mar 07, 2019 11:52 pm

Does anyone understand why the half life concentration in zero order reactions is dependent of the reaction concentration, while first order reactions are independent of the reaction concentration. I understand there is an [A] in the half life reaction for zero order reactions, but why is it need conceptually (beyond the [A] being included in the equation)

Sam Joslyn 1G
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Re: Half life- zero order

Postby Sam Joslyn 1G » Thu Mar 07, 2019 11:59 pm

If a reaction is zero-order, it means that the rate is unaffected by the concentration of the reactant. Therefore, since rate determines half-life, if the reaction is zero-oder, that reactant has no effect on the half-life value.

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