In transition state theory, (according to my textbook) it is assumed that the the transition state loses its structure, and the ability to vibrate and rotate. If the transition state cannot vibrate, then my questions are
how does the previous bonds break and the newer bonds form?
Isn't the instablity and high potential energy of transition state due to the extra vibration of the atoms in the molecules?
Please guide me through this.
my book states:
"The transition state does not represent a real molecule, it is impossible to isolate a transition state. However it is assumed to possess properties common to real molecule, such as molecular weight, intermediate distances, a definite enthalpy, definite composition but loses its structure, and the ability to rotate and vibrate. The transition state may either return to the initial reactant or it proceeds to form products."