If I have an equation consisting of n reactants, then the rate would be:(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Rate [tex]= k[A_1]^{p_1}[A_2]^{p_2}[A_3]^{p_3}...[A_n]^{p_n}[/tex]

My question is how do I know what the rate is? Like it gives me a rate, but which reactant has this rate? Zumdahl's chemistry is so ambiguous on this. I don't understand how you can tell which reactant the calculated rate belongs to. Are all of the rates the same or does this simply give you the overall reaction rate disregarding the individual rates of the various reactants (since when determining the proportionality constant k, the book uses the overall rates of change in concentration of all reactants).

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# Homework Help: Differential Rate Law of Complex Reactions

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