Questions about K on pg 73 of CR

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Questions about K on pg 73 of CR

Postby Armo_Derbarsegian_3K » Wed Feb 22, 2017 1:51 am

On page 73 of the CR,

K was set equal to k1/k'1, why do we assume it is for the NO+NO<->N2O2 reaction? Why is K not equal to [NO2]^2/[N2O2][O2] reaction, k2/k'2? How do we determine this? Please elaborate this step.

Also--is "k=2k2*K" going to be given? It seems we just set it equal at the end to meet the observed rate but how was this determined, unless given?

Lastly, why is the rate law 1/2 d[NO2]/dt, is this the rate to form 1 NO2?

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Re: Questions about K on pg 73 of CR

Postby Emma_Green_2C » Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:38 am

You would select the first equation because it's the fast step. A buildup of the the intermediate causes the 1st step to be in equiilbrium. You need to use this first step to solve for the intermediate which you can then plug into the rate law for the slow step. I believe the 1/2 is because the coefficient in the equation is 2 for NO2. I think that k=2k2*K would not be given, but this step is essentially gathering together all of the constants and calling them collectively "K." Hope this helps!

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