Direct Tabular Method for Obtaining the Order of a Reaction of a Restricted Class

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Science  13 Apr 1962:
Vol. 136, Issue 3511, pp. 154-155
DOI: 10.1126/science.136.3511.154


When the rate law of a process can be written in the form X' = dx/dt = -kXm, the order m = XX''/(X')2 may be calculated directly, in lieu of the usual trial-and-error methods. An analytical method is used to calculate the derivatives X' and X'' from the collected data, X, and t.