Units for t


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Units for t

Postby MaryBanh_2K » Mon Mar 09, 2020 1:30 am

What are the correct units for t? The solutions manual leaves it in minutes but aren't the correct units in seconds?

Brian_Ho_2B
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Re: Units for t

Postby Brian_Ho_2B » Mon Mar 09, 2020 8:16 am

Time is generally written as seconds (as the standard SI unit); however, it can be represented as minutes or hours depending on the duration of the reaction. If you do happen to change time from seconds to minutes or from hours to minutes and so on, remember to change the value and units of your "k" value so that the units at the end match up.

Kishan Shah 2G
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Re: Units for t

Postby Kishan Shah 2G » Mon Mar 09, 2020 8:23 am

You can use whichever units you would like but, as Brian said, make sure the units match up in all of your terms before solving.

Luc Zelissen 1K
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Re: Units for t

Postby Luc Zelissen 1K » Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:33 am

It easiest if you change the t value to the time value of your rate constant. In this way you can easily multiply and get the right answer without changing the rate constant units.

Anna Heckler 2C
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Re: Units for t

Postby Anna Heckler 2C » Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:45 am

t can be in seconds, minutes, or hours, but MUST be consistent across all terms or it will mess up your calculations.

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Re: Units for t

Postby 705302428 » Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:52 am

I think it depends

Tanmay Singhal 1H
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Re: Units for t

Postby Tanmay Singhal 1H » Thu Mar 12, 2020 11:27 am

i think it depends on what the problem asks for. most times in calculations it is seconds

Myka G 1l
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Re: Units for t

Postby Myka G 1l » Thu Mar 12, 2020 11:30 am

T can be in either seconds, minutes, or hours depending on what the problem asks for. As before mentioned the same units must be used throughout the problem.

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Re: Units for t

Postby Rodrigo2J » Thu Mar 12, 2020 11:51 am

t can be in any unit of time depending on what is asked in the problem. Seconds is generally used because it is the SI unit we have associated with time. Just make sure that your units cancel and that the math makes sense.

Leonardo Le Merle 1D
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Re: Units for t

Postby Leonardo Le Merle 1D » Thu Mar 12, 2020 11:55 am

Just to ensure I didn't mix up anything I usually convert everything to seconds before trying to solve the problem - if it asks to be expressed in minutes or hours you can convert back at the end.

Ying Yan 1F
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Re: Units for t

Postby Ying Yan 1F » Fri Mar 13, 2020 11:13 am

It usually just depends on the units of the information you were given in the problem. I'm pretty sure you won't be marked wrong if you leave your t in either minutes or seconds (or even hour) as it is the correct number of sec/min/hr. I hope this helped!

Diana Andrade_4F
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Re: Units for t

Postby Diana Andrade_4F » Fri Mar 13, 2020 9:54 pm

The units of t depend on the problem, but be consistent when doing calculations!

Samuel Tzeng 1B
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Re: Units for t

Postby Samuel Tzeng 1B » Fri Mar 13, 2020 10:02 pm

The SI units for time is seconds

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Re: Units for t

Postby Alfred Barrion 2H » Fri Mar 13, 2020 10:04 pm

It honestly depends on the context of the question, but I use seconds because it is the SI unit. It also depends on your k.


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