## Difference between instantaneous and unique rate

$aR \to bP, Rate = -\frac{1}{a} \frac{d[R]}{dt} = \frac{1}{b}\frac{d[P]}{dt}$

Layal Suboh 1I
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### Difference between instantaneous and unique rate

Other than the unique rates have coefficients in the equation, what is the difference between instantaneous and unique rate? What does it mean that the unique rate is the same for all reactants and products in that unique reaction?

David Effio 1H
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### Re: Difference between instantaneous and unique rate

Looking at the equation, the instantaneous rate depicts the rate of either reactants or products at a very specific point in time. It is the derivative, and therefore the tangent line to the graph of the reaction. The instantaneous rate of a reactant and product can vary. However, the unique rate is the rate of an entire reaction, where all the reactants and products have the exact same rate, and therefore that rate is "unique" to that reaction.

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### Re: Difference between instantaneous and unique rate

They key difference is that an instantaneous rate is specific to each reactant or product within a reaction, whereas a unique rate is the same for all reactants and products within a reaction