general chemistry
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. The thermal decomposition of dinitrogen pentoxide in the gas phase to give nitrogen dioxide and oxygen is a first order reaction. If the half life at 55 °C is 410 s, what is the value of the rate constant k? If the initial concentration of dinitrogen pentoxide in an expt at 55 °C was 0.200 M what will be the concentration of dinitrogen pentoxide, nitrogen dioxide and oxygen after 4 halflives?

Let the initial and final concentrations be Co and Ct.
To find k:
ln(Ct/Co)=kt
ln(0.5) = k(410s)
k = ____?
To find the concentration at (4)(410s), use the same equation:
ln(Ct/Co)=kt
Use the value of k from the first part, and t = 4x410=1640s, then solve for for Ct.