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#### AhBeng

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##### Kinetics of an (overall) negative 1st order reaction
« on: April 26, 2012, 09:36:57 AM »
Full Question : Qn8
http://www.rsc.org/images/2000_Rd%20_1_Questions_tcm18-190754.pdf

Thing is, I'm unable to obtain the value of k as 0.112 (the given answer).

My method :
Since order of reaction wrt to I3- is 1, and since
rate = c [I3ā]^1 where c = k [H3AsO3]^1 [H+]^-1 [Iā]^-2,
accordingly using c = ln2/t(1/2) (for any one of the 4 Runs) and substituting both the value of c, as well as the molarities of the other species (for that particular Run) into the equation
c = k [H3AsO3]^1 [H+]^-1 [Iā]^-2
we should be able to obtain the value of k, which based on the 4 Runs, are approximately 0.12 to 0.13 (to 2 sf), but the given answer is 0.11 (to 2 sf).

Any assistance would be much appreciated.

#### Kemi

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##### Re: Kinetics of an (overall) negative 1st order reaction
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2012, 11:20:50 AM »
I got 0.121 (a mean of the four ks, all cs calculated from linear fits). Maybe they mixed up two digits in the answer? Anyway, I wouldn't worry too much about such a small difference, because you can estimate the rate constant in different ways.