Order of Reaction

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Charisse Vu 1H
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Order of Reaction

Postby Charisse Vu 1H » Sun Mar 08, 2020 11:17 pm

How do you determine if a reaction is zero, first, or second order? Is there a way to tell without looking at a graph?

Nathan Rothschild_2D
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Re: Order of Reaction

Postby Nathan Rothschild_2D » Sun Mar 08, 2020 11:22 pm

The way to tell if a reaction is a zero order reaction is when the rate is unaffected by the concentration of the reactants. First order reactions rate changes linearly based on 1 reactant concentration.

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Re: Order of Reaction

Postby smurphy1D » Mon Mar 09, 2020 10:39 am

By looking at the rate law, a 0 order equation with be the simplest looking [A]= -kt + [A]. The first order equation always has ln before [A] so , ln[A]= -kt + ln[A]. Finally 2nd order has [A] in a fraction over 1, so 1/[A]= kt + 1/[A].

Asha Agarwal 1E
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Re: Order of Reaction

Postby Asha Agarwal 1E » Mon Mar 09, 2020 10:44 am

Yes, by comparing equations with rates and concentrations for different experiments as we did in class you can find the exponents for the differential rate laws and the exponent directly corresponds to the order of the reaction.

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