First Order Reactions


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Fionna Shue 4L
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First Order Reactions

Postby Fionna Shue 4L » Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:21 pm

Can 2A -> B + C be a first order reaction and why?

armintaheri
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Re: First Order Reactions

Postby armintaheri » Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:34 pm

I think the order of the reaction has to be determined experimentally. You can't just look at a reaction and tell what order it is. 2A -> B + C looks like a second-order reaction but it doesn't have to be one. What if the reaction took place in two steps and involved the intermediate molecules X and Y?

A -> X+Y Slow
X+Y+A -> B+C Fast

This would give us the rate law r=k[A], which makes the reaction first-order.

So any reaction could have any order. You can't tell what the order of the reaction is just by looking at it because you can't see all the intermediate steps.

Brian Chang 2H
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Re: First Order Reactions

Postby Brian Chang 2H » Wed Mar 13, 2019 2:06 pm

Fionna Shue 4L wrote:Can 2A -> B + C be a first order reaction and why?


It CAN be first order, but doesn't necessarily have to be.

Reaction orders are determined experimentally and are not related to stoichiometric coefficients.

LaurenJuul_1B
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Re: First Order Reactions

Postby LaurenJuul_1B » Wed Mar 13, 2019 2:18 pm

reaction orders can only be determined experimentally, so it could be a first order but is not necessarily


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