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Homework Help: Applied math problem - Law of Mass Action

  1. Oct 26, 2011 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    3.3. The equations below come from applying the Law of Mass Action to two
    X' = aXY,
    Y' = bYZ + cZ,
    Z' = dYZ + eZ.
    (a) Find the two reactions and determine how the coefficients a, b, c, d are
    related to each other, if at all. Assume a, b, c, d, e are nonzero, but they
    can be positive or negative.

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I'm really not sure how to approach this... it seems like there is a linear algebra way to do this, but I can't figure out what exactly I need to do. Any suggestions? My textbook was written by a previous professor for this course, and it is NOT helpful what-so-ever. Thanks.
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2011
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