Rate Law

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Rate Law

Postby TeaK1C » Sun Feb 14, 2016 9:08 pm

In the course reader the equation: NO2 + CO --> NO + CO2 has a rate law of: k[NO2]^2
Why does the rate law have NO2 going to the power of 2 when NO2 doesn't have a coefficient of 2?

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Re: Rate Law

Postby Ashlee Joan Macalino 3J » Sun Feb 14, 2016 9:29 pm

The superscript "n" is indicative of the order of the reaction, not necessarily correlating to the coefficients of a given concentration of products or reactants. Here's a helpful video I found discussing the rate of orders of reaction and what it has to do with concentrations: https://www.khanacademy.org/science/chemistry/chem-kinetics/reaction-rates/v/rate-law-and-reaction-order

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