Reaction Orders

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Reaction Orders

Postby Joonsoo Kim 4L » Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:54 am

My TA mentioned that reactions don't necessarily have to be positive whole numbers; you can have negative numbers or fractions. When is this the case? Why are reaction orders commonly whole numbers like 0, 1, and 2?

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Re: Reaction Orders

Postby MichelleRamirez_2F » Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:15 am

In the textbook it is mentioned how the reaction order can be a negative number=negative order . This would signify that the concentration value of the species is in the denominator of the rate law. The species in this case is usually a product and it represents the reverse reaction.

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