Problem: The isomerization of methyl isonitrile (CH3NC) to acetonitrile (CH3CN) was studied in the gas phase at 215 oC, and the following data were obtained:Time (s)[CH3NC] (M)00.016520000.011050000.0059180000.00314120000.00137150000.00074Calculate the average rate of disappearance of isonitrile, in M/s, for the time interval between each measurement.

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We are asked to calculate the average rate of disappearance of isonitrile, in M/s, for the time interval between each measurement.


We are given the following data:


Time (s)[CH3NC] (M)
00.0165
20000.0110
50000.00591
80000.00314
120000.00137
150000.00074


The isomerization of methyl isonitrile (CH3NC) to acetonitrile (CH3CN) has to the following reaction:

    CH3NC → CH3CN

                 

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The isomerization of methyl isonitrile (CH3NC) to acetonitrile (CH3CN) was studied in the gas phase at 215 oC, and the following data were obtained:


Time (s)[CH3NC] (M)
00.0165
20000.0110
50000.00591
80000.00314
120000.00137
150000.00074


Calculate the average rate of disappearance of isonitrile, in M/s, for the time interval between each measurement.

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