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How fast will a chemical reaction occur? If a reaction is too slow, it may not be useful. If the reaction is too fast, it may be harmful or explosive. Measuring and controlling reaction rates makes it possible for chemists and engineers to create a variety of products, everything from antibiotics to fertilizers, in a safe and economical manner. The purpose of this experiment is to investigate how the rate of a reaction can be measured and how varying conditions can affect reaction rates.