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## Main Question or Discussion Point

So, let's say we have an

2A --> C

The rate of this reaction is (according to IUPAC: http://goldbook.iupac.org/R05156.html)

[tex] - \frac{1}{2} \frac{d[A]}{dt} = k [A]^2 [/tex]

If we integrate this we get a certain integrated rate law (second order)

However, if we multiply all of the stoichiometric coefficients by 2:

4A --> 2C

And do the same procedure, we'll get a different rate law, right?

Does this mean that the stoichiometric coefficients should be taken as the smallest possible integers in a rate equation? I can't find this statement anywhere. Help me understand this if you can.

__elementary__reaction:2A --> C

The rate of this reaction is (according to IUPAC: http://goldbook.iupac.org/R05156.html)

[tex] - \frac{1}{2} \frac{d[A]}{dt} = k [A]^2 [/tex]

If we integrate this we get a certain integrated rate law (second order)

However, if we multiply all of the stoichiometric coefficients by 2:

4A --> 2C

And do the same procedure, we'll get a different rate law, right?

Does this mean that the stoichiometric coefficients should be taken as the smallest possible integers in a rate equation? I can't find this statement anywhere. Help me understand this if you can.

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