Problem: Carbon monoxide and chlorine gas react to form phosgene (COCl2) according to the equation: CO(g) + Cl2(g) → COCl2(g). The rate law for the reaction is Rate = k[Cl2]3/2[CO]. Which representation of the mixture of chlorine gas and carbon monoxide gas has the fastest initial rate?

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rate law=kCl23/2CO


Highest initial rate

  • highest [Cl2]


(a) Rate = k[4]3/2[4] = 32

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Carbon monoxide and chlorine gas react to form phosgene (COCl2) according to the equation: CO(g) + Cl2(g) → COCl2(g). The rate law for the reaction is Rate = k[Cl2]3/2[CO]. Which representation of the mixture of chlorine gas and carbon monoxide gas has the fastest initial rate?



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