# Is the activation barrier of a reaction related to the free energy or heat of formation of its reactants?

The energy barrier for activation appears in the derivation of a bimolecular reaction through collision or transition state theory, but it seems that from looking at diagram such as this one it seems like the barrier to activation would be related to the energy required to break bonds?

However, it is possible in some reaction mechanisms that the forming bonds 'donate' energy to the break-up and therefore the overall activation energy will be lower. An example is the reaction of hydrogeniodide to hydrogen and iodine show in the figure below. Instead of a full dissocation, two molecules of $\ce{HI}$ line up and the breakup occurs simultaneously with the formation of the new bonds thus allowing a lower energy level.