Determining Rate Constant for Hydrolysis of Ethyl Lactate with Acid Catalysis?

Is the acid a reactant or a catalyst?In summary, the conversation is discussing the hydrolysis of ethyl lactate and determining the rate constant from experimental data. The titrations with NaOH are used to measure the concentration of OH- and ethyl lactate, while the kinetics data tracks the reaction time and changes in volume of NaOH. The rate equation and standardization equations are used to calculate the rate constant, but further clarification is needed on the role of OH- and the type of catalysis being studied.
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Homework Statement

Hydrolysis of ethyl lactate

Determine the value of the rate constant for the hydrolysis of ethyl lactate from the following data.

Mass of ethyl lactate (grams): 0.5956
Concentration of stock HCl solution (M): 0.01023

Standardization titration volumes (of NaOH):

Run Vi (mL) Vf(mL)
1 0.60 15.58
2 15.58 30.66
3 30.66 45.66

Kinetics data:
Run Reaction time (seconds) Vi(mL) Vf(mL)
0 0
1 308 1.72 4.32
2 742 4.32 8.88
3 1303 8.88 14.84
4 1910 14.84 21.66
5 2550 21.66 29.06

Rate constant = ?

Homework Equations

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The Attempt at a Solution

the rate equation is -d[OH-]/dt = k[OH-][EtL]

but I'm not sure how to find the concentration of OH and the concentration of Ethyl lactate is 0.01203

and then a = 1/2[OH-]o + [Etl]o
1/a-x - 1/a = kt
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What are the titrations for? What do they determine?

OH- is just a catalyst and its concentration doesn't change during the hydrolysis, so your rate equation can't be right.
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This is really not set out clearly enough to understand or help with.
What are Vi, Vf? What is measured how?
Is this acid catalysis?

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