Problem 7B.1 7th edition

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Ashley McClearnen 1B
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Problem 7B.1 7th edition

Postby Ashley McClearnen 1B » Mon Mar 11, 2019 2:30 pm

Why does the solution manual write the 1st order integrated rate law as ln[A]/[A]0 = -kt instead of ln[A] = -kt+[A]0? Do you get the same answer if you write it either way?

Jessica Castro 2H
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Re: Problem 7B.1 7th edition

Postby Jessica Castro 2H » Mon Mar 11, 2019 3:17 pm

For first order reactions, the equation for the plot is ln[A] = -kt + ln[A]0. If you solve for kt you would get kt = ln[A]0 - ln[A]. We know that for subtraction with ln, lnx -lny = ln(x/y). Therefore, kt = ln[A]0 - ln[A] = ln([A]0/[A]).

There should be an ln next to the [A]0, but both equations should get you the same answer.

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