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In this two-week experiment you will measure the rates of chemical reactions. By observing the progress of a reaction over time, you will determine the rate law, test a possible mechanism, and determine the temperature dependence of the reaction rate constant. In week 1, you will determine the rate law and postulate a rate limiting step for the reaction. In week 2, you will measure the rate constant at different temperatures, to determine the reaction's activation energy.
1. How do you determine the rate law of a reaction?
2. What is the reaction order with respect to each reactant and how can you distinguish between a zero, first, or second order reaction?
3. What is a rate limiting step of a reaction and how does it effect the rate law observed?
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