# Questions tagged [kinetics]

The study of rates and steps in mechanisms of chemical processes.

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### Is it easier to mix a solution that is in the liquid or in the vapor phase?

In the article on dilution, Wikipedia has the following statement: The same direct relationship applies to gases and vapors diluted in air for example. Although, thorough mixing of gases and vapors ...
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### Equilibrium and Rates of Reaction

Consider the following equilibrium system: $\ce{A<=>2B}$ Suppose you were to establish equilibrium starting with 1mol of A (system 1), as opposed to starting with 2mol of B (system 2). I know ...
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### Arrhenius Equation : Interpretation

Consider the relation: $$E_{Activation}=E_{Threshold} - E_{Avg}$$ Here the $E_{Avg}$ refers to the Potential Energy of the reactants. Now in order of meet $E_{Threshold}$ , the molecules must have ...
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### Arrhenius equation - Proper Interpretation of Activation Energy term

Consider the normal form of Arrhenius Equation:$$k=Ae^{-\frac {E_a}{RT}}$$ The term, $e^{-\frac {E_a}{RT}}$, is interpreted as the fraction of molecules having energy greater than Activation Energy. ...
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### Inconsistency in Elementary Bi-Molecular Reaction Rate Expressions

Assume the following bi-molecular reaction is elementary as written with rate constant $k_\mathrm{f}$: $$\ce{A + A -> P}$$ This review, suggests to express the rate in terms of the production of ...
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### How to determine rate law for a reaction?

I am having trouble understanding this problem. A proposed mechanism for the decomposition of $\ce{N2O5}$ is as follows \begin{align} \ce{N2O5 &->[$k_1$]NO2 + NO3} &&\text{(...
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### Can a reaction have more than one rate determining step?

There are many organic reactions in which two steps have comparable rates. Can we say they are both RDS? For example, the rate of iodination of benzene and deuterated benzene is different even though ...
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### Concentration and Half Life of reactants A and B

Since reaction is first order with respect to both reactant A and B, I can write, $$k=\frac{1}{t} \ln{\frac{a}{a-x}}$$ where a is initial concentration of reactant and a-x is remaining ...
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### Doubt's regarding inputting surface reaction for Chemkin Pro

I want to simulate the reaction of a mixture of ethanol and Hydrogen Peroxide on $\ce{Pt}$ using Chemkin Pro. I want to create a surface input files which will include surface reaction mechanism of ...
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### Arrhenius equation and rate constant

I am a high-school student and I am currently taking a course on chemical kinetics. Towards, what seems, end of the course at highschool level, the Arrhenius equation came in. Now, I'm not sure if ...
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### Common Ion Effect - Ionic Equilibrium

Question In which of the aqueous solutions of the following, dissociation of $\ce{NH4OH}$ will be minimum? A) $\ce{NaOH}$ B) $\ce{H2O}$ C) $\ce{NH4Cl}$ D) $\ce{NaCl}$ My Thoughts My book says that ...
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### Catalysts and activation energy

Do catalysts increase rate of reaction only by decreasing activation energy? Or can they affect the Arrhenius factor or reaction orders? Like if one catalyst is more effective at increasing rate of ...
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### Equilibrium constant for heterogeneous equilibria having aqueous as well as gaseous reactants

Suppose we have a heterogenous equilibrium : $$\ce{A(aq) +B(aq) <=> C(g) +D(aq)}$$ Which equilibrium constant is used here? Both pressure and concentration terms are there. So, according to me, ...
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### Finding the ratio of rate constants [closed]

A group of mountain climbers set up a camp at a $\pu{3 km}$ altitude and experience a barometric pressure of $\pu{0.69 atm}$. They discover that pure water boils at $\pu{90 ^\circ C}$ and that it ...
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### How are half lifes calculated for radioactive substances that decay over many years [duplicate]

How are the half lives (or whole lives) calculated for slowly decaying radioactive substances such as tellurium? I must be having a fundamental misunderstanding of how we are able to predict the ...
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### Finding the sensitivity of zero-order ultra sensitivity and its parameter dependence

I am provided a one-dimensional reaction system showing zero-order ultra sensitivity. $$\ce{X_1 ->[f_1] X_2}, \quad \quad \quad \ce{X_2 ->[f_2] X_1}$$ The reaction rate function is the reduced ...
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### The interactions of the high energy gas particles

When we are talking about the idealization of the gas, why for high temperatures its particles interact less? I would say you have a bigger probability of the collisions among particles. Quantum ...
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### Why do isotopes have different chemical reaction rates? [duplicate]

Isotopes of a given element differ in the rates at which they undergo chemical reaction. Why is this so? The only explanation I could think of is that the gravitational force on the electrons ...
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### Do tert-butylcyclohexanes with a leaving group locked in the equatorial position undergo E1?

Background Elimination of 1-bromo-tert-butylcyclohexane is a prototypical example of how important the anti periplanar relationship is for E2. From Organic Chemistry: Structure, Mechanism, Synthesis ...
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### Chain transfer agents and rate of free radical polymerization

In free radical addition polymerizations sometimes chain transfer agents are added. From what I understand chain transfer agents (e.g. XR' below) reduce the average molecular weight by transferring ...
I am new to kinetics so please explain it from basic, If there is a reaction - $$\ce{A + B + C -> D}$$ In first order reaction rate is given by- $\mathrm R = k[\mathrm A]$ or \$\mathrm R = k[\...