Half Life Equations


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Jada Brown 2H
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Half Life Equations

Postby Jada Brown 2H » Mon Mar 09, 2020 4:59 pm

Do we need to memorize the half life equations for zeroth and second order rate laws? Will they be given on the equation sheet for the final?

Nohemi Garcia 1L
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Re: Half Life Equations

Postby Nohemi Garcia 1L » Mon Mar 09, 2020 5:21 pm

I'm pretty sure they were written on our tests last week so it's likely that they'll be provided. It doesn't hurt to memorize them though.

Leslie Almaraz 4G
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Re: Half Life Equations

Postby Leslie Almaraz 4G » Mon Mar 09, 2020 10:01 pm

I think they will be provided!

Maika Ngoie 1B
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Re: Half Life Equations

Postby Maika Ngoie 1B » Wed Mar 11, 2020 4:47 pm

They should be provided, but it may be easier to memorize which equation goes with which order.

Prasanna Padmanabham 4I
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Re: Half Life Equations

Postby Prasanna Padmanabham 4I » Wed Mar 11, 2020 4:52 pm

It's an open book final...

Luc Zelissen 1K
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Re: Half Life Equations

Postby Luc Zelissen 1K » Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:29 am

For Zero Order reaction: t½ = [Ao] / 2k
For First Order reaction: t½ = 0.693 / k
For Second Order Reaction: t½ = 1 / k [Ao]

They are given, but they are not labeled on the constants sheet.

Tanmay Singhal 1H
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Re: Half Life Equations

Postby Tanmay Singhal 1H » Thu Mar 12, 2020 12:49 pm

i'm pretty sure they will be given but the final is also open book

Keya Jonnalagadda 1A
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Re: Half Life Equations

Postby Keya Jonnalagadda 1A » Thu Mar 12, 2020 1:37 pm

As the final is open-book, this shouldn't be a concern anymore, but the homework question (7A.7 I believe) that discusses the units of the rate constant for different rate orders is good to review on this topic.

Alfred Barrion 2H
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Re: Half Life Equations

Postby Alfred Barrion 2H » Thu Mar 12, 2020 1:42 pm

They are typically provided on the list of given equations!

Maggie Eberhardt - 2H
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Re: Half Life Equations

Postby Maggie Eberhardt - 2H » Thu Mar 12, 2020 2:26 pm

can someone explain their importance/use?

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Re: Half Life Equations

Postby Samuel G Rivera - Discussion 4I » Thu Mar 12, 2020 2:31 pm

The 0th, 1st, and 2nd order equations are provided on the equation sheet but the equation sheet doesn't specify which one is which. So if you are doing your test with the equation sheet I recommend labeling each one so you don't mix them up.


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