6th Edition 15.15

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6th Edition 15.15

Postby beckyolmedo1G » Tue Mar 05, 2019 4:28 pm

For a reaction, when OH conc. was doubled, the rate doubled. When the CH3OH concentration alone was increased by a factor of 1.2, the rate increased by a factor of 1.2. Write the rate law for the reaction.

The answer key says "rate is 1st order in both reactants." But I thought it would be a 2nd order reaction. Since it would look like K[CH3Br][OH-]. Can someone explain this to me? Do these essentially mean the same thing?

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Re: 6th Edition 15.15

Postby Sean Reyes 1J » Tue Mar 05, 2019 4:38 pm

The overall reaction order would be 2, yes. But in terms of each reactant, the rate is first order. The rate law you wrote down is correct, but because the order of each reaction is 1, then the overall reaction order is 2.

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Re: 6th Edition 15.15

Postby chaggard » Thu Mar 07, 2019 5:40 pm

The answer is saying that each individual reactant is first order, which is shown through the doubling directly doubling the rate. However when combined they do produce a second order reaction with respect to the product.

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