Half life for second order reaction


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Briana Yik 1H
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Half life for second order reaction

Postby Briana Yik 1H » Thu Mar 14, 2019 4:34 pm

What is the formula for half life for a second order reaction? Thank you

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Re: Half life for second order reaction

Postby megansardina2G » Thu Mar 14, 2019 4:58 pm

The half life equation for a second order reaction is: t(1/2) = 1/(K)([A]o)

This can be derived from some of the equations that we got in class:

t=1/K (1/[A] - 1/[A]o) to get K= 1/(t(1/2))([A]o) and then switch the K and t(1/2)

you can also solve for the time it takes for decay that isn't to the half life (ex: 1/5) by combining these equations to get:
t = t(1/2) ([A]/[A]o - 1)


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