Problem: This plot shows the rate of the decomposition of SO2Cl2 into SO2 and Cl2 as a function of the concentration of SO2Cl2.What is the order of the reaction?

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We are being asked to determine the order of the reaction


Recall the graphs of integrated rate laws where we plot concentration versus time


For zero order reaction,

[A]t = -kt +[A]0

  • linear plot: [A] vs t
  • k = -slope of line
  • rate = k
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This plot shows the rate of the decomposition of SO2Cl2 into SO2 and Cl2 as a function of the concentration of SO2Cl2.
A plot of concentration of suluryl chloride versus reaction rate. The line begins at the origin, then icreases linearly with a constant slope. At a concentration of one the rate equals point zero three.

What is the order of the reaction?

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