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Distinguish between order and molecularity of a reaction.


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MolecularityOrder
$$(1)$$ It is the number of reaction species undergoing simultaneous collision.$$(1)$$ It is the sum of powers of the concentration terms in the rate law expression.
$$(2)$$ It is a theoretical concept.$$(2)$$ It is experimentally determined.
$$(3)$$ It has integral values only.$$(3)$$ It can have fractional values also.
$$(4)$$ It cannot be zero.
$$(4)$$ It can be zero.
$$(5)$$ It provides no information on the reaction mechanism.$$(5)$$ The slowest step in the reaction can be judged by the order of the reaction & this gives further information about the mechanism.

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