Reaction kinetics                           Chemistry

background [prelab assignment (15 points) due at the beginning of the lab]

determine the exponents in the rate law for the reaction

[hints:  (i) the "end of the reaction" is when the clear solution becomes cloudy due to the formation of sulfur and (ii) (rate 1 / rate 2)  =  (concentration / time 1) / (concentration / time 2)  =  time 2 / time 1]

2. how to prepare 100. mL of a 0.15 M Na2S2O3 * 5 H2O aqueous solution using solid hydrated sodium thiosulfate ?


determine the exponents in the rate law for the following reaction (expressed as its net ionic equation):

S2O32- (aq) + H+ (aq) --> S (s) + SO2 (g) + H2O (l)


sodium thiosulfate (0.15 M Na2S2O3 * 5 H2O); HCl (1 M)

water (to dilute the above solutions)

clear microwell plates; toothpick (to mix solutions)

your own watch (to time the reaction)

micropipet (to measure various volume of a solution)

methods / data analysis

prepare your sodium thiosulfate solution; share with another group

student design


Content of lab report [15 points]

data analysis (10 points)

data table of your experimental data

determine the exponents in the rate law

discussion (5 points)

which reactant has the greatest effect on the rate of the chemical reaction ?  justify your response referring to a simulated graph..