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Define the Following Terms: Pseudo First-order Reaction - Chemistry

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Define the following terms:

Pseudo first-order reaction

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Pseudo first-order reaction
Pseudo first-order reaction: The reaction which is bimolecular but whose order is one is called pseudo first-order reaction. This happens when one of the reactants is present in a large amount. For example, in acidic hydrolysis of ester (ethyl acetate), water is present in a large quantity.

CH3COOC2H5 + H2  CH3COOH + C2H5OH

Similarly, inversion of cane sugar or hydrolysis of cane sugar is an example of pseudo first-order reaction.

Concept: Factors Influencing Rate of a Reaction
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