Experiment 18: Kinetics General Chemistry I and II Lab Manual Dakota State University page 187 of 232 Experiment l8: kinetics Purpose:To determine the rate law of a chemical reaction Puree: To chop so fine the material becomes liquid-like Background: See “Using the Pasco System” Introduction:Kinetics is the study of reaction rates, that is, how fast reactions occur. In your first thought, you might not think this sounds terribly exciting, but consider this; if explosive reactions occurred more slowly, they would not explode. If diamonds converted to graphite more quickly, you would not want them. If the metabolic rate is not correct in your body, you could either starve to death while eating very well (if the rate is too low) or burn up while eating hardly anything at all (if the rate is too high). In fact, your body has many intricate methods for very carefully controlling the reaction rates in the metabolic pathways.
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