Exponents for rate laws


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charlotte_jacobs_4I
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Exponents for rate laws

Postby charlotte_jacobs_4I » Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:42 am

What determines the exponent for rate laws, the coefficient (like in equilibrium), or the order?

timothy_ho_4B
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Re: Exponents for rate laws

Postby timothy_ho_4B » Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:15 pm

The coefficient only determines the exponent in an elementary step. The exponent of a rate law IS the order, but you find it by identifying the slow elementary step in a reaction and going from there.


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