rate order vs contribution to overall rate


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Liam Maxwell 2E
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rate order vs contribution to overall rate

Postby Liam Maxwell 2E » Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:05 am

I was wondering which rate order correlates to the fastest rate, or is there no correlation. For example is a reaction that is first order always faster/slower than a rate at second order if all other variables remain the same?

Priyanka Bhakta 1L
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Re: rate order vs contribution to overall rate

Postby Priyanka Bhakta 1L » Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:35 am

The order indicates the mechanism more than just the speed of reaction, as the rate constant indicates the speed of the reaction. It is my understanding that the order itself does not indicate anything explicitly about the speed of a reaction, it merely demonstrates how many particles/molecules of that reactant(s) "collide" to create the product(s).

melissa carey 1f
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Re: rate order vs contribution to overall rate

Postby melissa carey 1f » Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:42 pm

How does the overall rate indicate these relationships?

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Re: rate order vs contribution to overall rate

Postby Victoria Draper 1G » Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:58 pm

For two or more reactions of the same order, the reaction with the largest rate constant is the fastest. Because the units of the rate constants for zeroth-, first-, and second-order reactions are different, however, we cannot compare the magnitudes of rate constants for reactions that have different orders.


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