Kinetics Writing Assignment

# <p>Looking at the provided 6 graphs, one can determine information regarding the rate constant of the reaction, the

overall reaction order, and the initial reaction rate in regards to temperature, pressure, and the initial reactant concentration. Initial reactant concentration is related to the initial concentration of a first order reaction and to the square of a second order reaction; however, in a zero order reaction, the rate is a constant given as [A]=-kt; the initial concentration does not change. Rate constants remain constant if the temperature and initial concentration remain constant. The overall reaction order is given by the sum of the reaction rates of each reaction. Overall reaction order can also be determined through the graphs. If there is a straight line in a constant graph, given [A], then it is zero order, given ln [A], then it is 1st order, and given 1/[A], then it is 2nd order. </p> <p>Kinetics are altered in regards to temperature. Although a change in temperature doesn’t change the overall reaction order, it does affect the initial reaction rate and rate constant. As temperature increases, more energy is produced, and the rate constant increases. </p> <p>One can also determine the instantaneous rate of change and the rate constant. The instantaneous rate of change is the slope of the tangent line at any given point. The rate constant of the graphs are represented as the slope of the graph, however, the rate constant can be determined when the graph is positive and negative. One can determine much from the graphs in regards to the initial reaction rates, rate constants, and overall reaction order in relation to temperature and initial concentration.</p>