## 15.37

$\frac{d[R]}{dt}=-k[R]; \ln [R]=-kt + \ln [R]_{0}; t_{\frac{1}{2}}=\frac{0.693}{k}$

manasa933
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### 15.37

In part (c), the mass is taken as the concentration because the vessel is sealed. But why is this true?

Grace Ramey 2K
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### Re: 15.37

In this case, the mass can be used in place of the concentration because the conversion to concentration will cancel out in the first order integrated rate law:
ln[A] = -kt + ln[A]o
rewritten as ([A]/[A]o) = e^(-kt)

On the left-hand side, in [A]/[A]o, any conversion factors to mol/L will cancel out, so you can just use the numbers given in terms of grams.

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### Re: 15.37

Why can we use the mass in this instead of concentration in this problem?

Laura Riccardelli
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### Re: 15.37

I think you can use mass because you would be dividing by the same number of L on both sides so they would cancel anyways.

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