## Rate Constant k

Helen Shi 1J
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### Rate Constant k

Can someone explain what exactly is the rate constant?

jillian1k
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### Re: Rate Constant k

The rate constant k is just an experimentally determined value for a specific reaction at a specific temperature (therefore different reactions have different rate constants). It is also independent of concentration or concentration change. Unless temperature (and/or activation energy) changes, k will remain the same. Therefore, it limits the reaction rate: the higher the k value, the faster the reaction proceeds (therefore making the reaction rate higher).

Grace Han 2K
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### Re: Rate Constant k

Also, rate constants are dependent on temperature and activation energy.

Matthew Lee 3L
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### Re: Rate Constant k

The rate constant's units are also dependent on the order of the reaction.

Seth_Evasco1L
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### Re: Rate Constant k

- As temperature (T) increases, k increases
- As activation energy (Ea) increases, k decreases
- As frequency factor (A) increases, k increases

Mitch Walters
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### Re: Rate Constant k

The rate constant is an experimentally determined value for a specific reaction at a specific temperature. It essentially tells you the instantaneous rate of change.

Sarah 2F
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### Re: Rate Constant k

instantaneous rate of change