Orders for Reactions

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Maggie Miller 2K
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Orders for Reactions

Postby Maggie Miller 2K » Tue Feb 21, 2017 11:12 pm

When reviewing the notes, it seems that the order of reactions in some cases (like elementary steps for overall reactions) can be found just with the coefficients. However, in other cases (I do not know which), you cannot consider the coefficients to be the order for the reactants.

In which scenarios can each concept be applied?


Natalie Rotstein 3J
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Re: Orders for Reactions

Postby Natalie Rotstein 3J » Tue Feb 21, 2017 11:20 pm

In the textbook, it is said that "the rate law for a reaction is determined experimentally and cannot in general be inferred from the chemical equation for the reaction." I think that in general, the order might look like it can be "found" with the coefficients, but in reality the order just happens to correspond with the numbers in that situation while in other situations it doesn't.

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Re: Orders for Reactions

Postby Alyssa_Hsu_2K » Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:18 pm

You can only find the order of reactions from coefficients if it's an elementary reaction.
If you were given the overall reaction, you cannot find its order from its coefficient.

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