Problem: Acetone is one of the most important solvents in organic chemistry, used to dissolve everything from fats and waxes to airplane glue and nail polish. At high temperatures, it decomposes in a first-order process to methane and ketene (CH2=C=O). At 600˚C, the rate constant is 8.7 x 10−3 s−1. What is the half-life of the reaction?

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Acetone is one of the most important solvents in organic chemistry, used to dissolve everything from fats and waxes to airplane glue and nail polish. At high temperatures, it decomposes in a first-order process to methane and ketene (CH2=C=O). At 600˚C, the rate constant is 8.7 x 10−3 s−1. What is the half-life of the reaction?

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