K2K1/K' Formula

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K2K1/K' Formula

Postby Maria1E » Wed Feb 28, 2018 6:36 pm

Can someone please explain the (k2k1)/k' formula, and give examples of when we would use it? Thank you!

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Re: K2K1/K' Formula

Postby Ashley Davis 1I » Wed Feb 28, 2018 6:47 pm

I think Dr. Lavelle will go into this on Friday, or at least in coming lectures, since we haven't worked on any of it yet.

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Re: K2K1/K' Formula

Postby Curtis Tam 1J » Wed Feb 28, 2018 8:35 pm

I believe it has something to do with simplifying the rate law by assuming that all reactants are in great excess except for one, which will be used to determine the rate of reaction. If something is in great excess, then some time later, it will have minimal change relative to reactants that are in more minimal amounts. Only the reactant with the noticeable change in concentration will be analyzed.

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Re: K2K1/K' Formula

Postby Juanyi Tan 2K » Thu Mar 01, 2018 8:42 pm

Pseudo-1st-order reaction is one example, which is the circumstance where a second order reaction appears to be first order. That is when one of the reactants in the rate equation is present in great excess over the other in the reaction mixture. So the rate constant of one of the reactants combines with that of another reactants to create the rate constant for the pseudo-1st-order reaction.

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