## what if

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

inlovewithchemistry
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### what if

what would the overall rate for the reaction H2 + I2 --> 2HI look like if it was first order?

i know that the second order formula is rate = k[H2][I2], but dont know what to give if it asked for first order.

Mahir_Hasan2C
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### Re: what if

It will still be second order since each reactant is first order.

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### Re: what if

For each given reaction, there would be only one unique rate law. Thus, the rate law of a reaction cannot sometimes be first order, sometimes second order. In addition, you cannot determine directly from the written reaction what order it is. It can only be determined by experiment.

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### Re: what if

You can't just make it first order. The order of a reaction is determined empirically and cannot be changed. However, if you had a reaction that was simply first order the rate law would appear as Rate = k[A]. Also, a second order rate law is rate = k[A]2.

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