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Second and Zero Order Units

Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 3:00 am
by VivianaHF2L
They are written differently with zero order having moles first and second order having Liters first. Therefore, do they have different units so they must be written in this order or do they have the same regardless of the order?

Re: Second and Zero Order Units

Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 3:19 am
by Kevin ODonnell 2B
The units of kr depend on the overall order of the reaction and ensure that kr x (concentration)a has the same units as the rate, namely, concentration/time. Thus, when the concentration is expressed in moles per liter and the rate is expressed in mol*L-1*s-1, the units of kr are a follows: 1st order = s-1. 2nd order = L*mol-1*s-1. 3rd order L2*mol-2*s-1.

Re: Second and Zero Order Units

Posted: Sat Mar 09, 2019 7:31 pm
by Griffin Carter 2I
Zero and second order k values have different units because of their relationship to the rate which is always mol/L/sec. So because rate = k for 0 order then the units are simply mol/l/s while Rate = k[A]^2 for a second order equation so the units for k will be L/mol/s to cancel out the mol^2/L^2 of the concentration.