Chapter Chosen

Chemical Kinetics

Book Chosen

Chemistry I

Subject Chosen


Book Store

Download books and chapters from book store.
Currently only available for.
CBSE Gujarat Board Haryana Board

Previous Year Papers

Download the PDF Question Papers Free for off line practice and view the Solutions online.
Currently only available for.
Class 10 Class 12
Consider a typical first order gas phase reaction
A(g)     B(g) + C(g)
P1 be the initial pressure of A, Pt the total pressure at time ‘t’. Derive integrated rate equation.

Total pressure P1 = PA + PB + Pc (pressure units)
pA, pB and pc are the partial pressures of A, B and C respectively. When x is the amount of A converted into products, when pi is the initial pressure at time t = 0

       pt=(pi-x) + x + x = pi +xx = pt - pi


pA = pi-x=pi-(pt-pi) = 2pi-pt k = 2.303t log pipA =  2.303t log pi(2pi-pt)

Pseudo first order reaction: Although in most reactions, order and molecularity are same, there are certain reactions whose order and molecularity differ. For example, hydrolysis of

C12H12O11+H2O  C6H12O6+C6H12O6  Sucrose                        Glucose         Fructose

Molecularity of this reaction is 2 but its order 1 because its rate depends only on the concentration of surcrose. The concentration of water remains is very high and does not change during the reaction (i.e., concentration of water remains practically constant throughout the reaction). Such reactions are known as pseudo-unimolecular or pseudo first order reactions. Other examples, of pseudo-unimolecular reaction is the acidic hydrolysis of esters where water
remains in excess.

CH3COOC2H5+H2O  (excess) H+  CH3COOH+C2H2OH


Although it is termolecular (molecularity = 3) reaction, its order is one as concentration of H+ and H2O+ remains constant during reaction. Hydrolysis of organic chlorides is also an example of first order reaction small water (one of the reactants) is again in large excess and its concentration remains constant throughout the reactions.

Thus when one of the reactants is present in large excess, the second order reaction conforms to the first order and is known as a pseudo-unimolecular reaction.
Reaction between acetic anhydride and excess of ethanol to form ester and conversion of N-Chloroacetanilide to p-chloroacetanilide are also examples of pseudo-unimolecular reactions.



A first order reaction has a rate constant 1.15 x 10–3 s–1. How long will 5 g of this reactant take to reduce to 3 g?

Given that 
Initial quantity, [R]o= 5 g
Final quantity, [R] = 3 g 
Rate constant, k = 1.15 x 10−3 s−1
Formula of 1st order reaction,
We know that
                t = 2.3031.15 × 10-3log53   = 2.3031.15 × 10-3(log 5 - log 3)        = 2.3031.15 × 10-3(0.6990 - 0.4771)     = 2.303 × 0.22191.15 × 10-3     = 2.303 × 0.2219 × 10001.15      = 444 sec.

The conversion of molecules X to Y follows second order kinetics. If concentration of X is increased to three times how will it affect the rate of formation of Y?

Let the reaction is X →Y

This reaction follows second order kinetics.
So that, the rate equation for this reaction will 
Rate, R = k[X]2 .............(1)
Let initial concentration is x mol L−1,
Plug the value in equation (1)
Rate, R1 = k .(a)2
= ka2
Given that concentration is increasing by 3 times so new concentration will 3a mol L−1
Plug the value in equation (1) we get 
Rate, R2 = k (3a)2
= 9ka2
We have already get that R1 = ka2 plus this value we get
R2 = 9 R1 
So that, the rate of formation will increase by 9 times.
Rate = k[A]2
If concentration of X is increased to three times,
Rate = k[3A]2
or Rate = 9 k A2
Thus, rate will increase 9 times.


In a reaction 2A → Products, the concentration of A decreases from 0.5 mol to 0.4 mol L–1 in 10 minutes. Calculate the rate during this interval.

Given that 
Initial concentration [A1] =0.5
Final concentration [A2] =0.4
Time is  = 10 min

Rate of reaction = Rate of disappearance of A.

Rate of reaction = -12[A]t
                         = - 12(0.4-0.5) mol L-110 minute= 0.1 mol L-15 minutes= 0.005 mol litre-1 min-1.

For a reaction, A + B → Product; the rate law is given by, r = k[ A]1/2 [B]2. What is the order of reaction?

The order of the reaction is sum of the powers on concentration.
So that sum will 

r = k[A]

Order of reaction = 12+2 = 2.5.


For the reaction R → P, the concentration of a reactant changes from 0.03 M to 0.02 M is 25 minutes. Calculate the average rate of reaction using units of time both in minutes and seconds.

Given that 
Initial concentration, [R1] = 0.03
Final concentration, [R2] = 0.02
Time taken ∆t = 25 min = 25 × 6 0 = 1500 sec (1 min = 60 sec )
The formula of average rate of change 

rav =-Rt =[P]t

(i) Average rate
                     = (0.03 - 0.02) M25 × 60 sec= 0.01 M25×60 s = 6.66 M s-1
(ii) Average rate
                        = (0.03-0.02)M25 min =  0.01 M25= 0.0004 Ms-1.