Solution manual error?


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Regina Chi 2K
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Solution manual error?

Postby Regina Chi 2K » Mon Feb 16, 2015 12:19 pm

I think there is a slight error on 14.29B... Instead of t=(ln([A]o/[A]t))/0.17 min-1 and t=(ln(0.015/0.005))/k for the last step, shouldn't it be t=(ln([A]t/[A]o))/k and t=(ln(0.005/.015)/0.17 min-1???

Niharika Reddy 1D
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Re: Solution manual error?

Postby Niharika Reddy 1D » Mon Feb 16, 2015 1:22 pm

The solutions manual is correct. The reason the concentrations are switched is because the equation was rearranged so the negative sign was "dropped". A property of logs is you can bring the exponent of the log down and out to the front, and vice versa. They put the negative sign back up as the exponent of the log, and since a number to the -1 power is the number/fraction's reciprocal, the concentrations were flipped when "dropping" the negative sign.

The second method you listed above would work as well as long as you leave the negative sign out front, which I think you forgot, since the first order integrated rate law (rearranged) is:
ln([A]t/[A]o)=-kt


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