Problem: Cyclopentadiene (C5H6) reacts with itself to form dicyclopentadiene (C10H12). A 0.0400 M solution of C5H6 was monitored as a function of time as the reaction 2 C5H6 C10H12 proceeded. The following data were collected:Time (s)[C5H6] (M)0.00.040050.00.0300100.00.0240150.00.0200200.00.0174Plot 1/[C5H6] versus time.

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In this problem, we are asked to plot the 1/[C5H6] versus time given the following data when a 0.0400 M solution of C5H6 was monitored as a function of time as the reaction 2 C5H6 → C10H12 proceeded.


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Cyclopentadiene (C5H6) reacts with itself to form dicyclopentadiene (C10H12). A 0.0400 M solution of C5H6 was monitored as a function of time as the reaction 2 C5H6 C10H12 proceeded. The following data were collected:


Time (s)[C5H6] (M)
0.00.0400
50.00.0300
100.00.0240
150.00.0200
200.00.0174


Plot 1/[C5H6] versus time.

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