Collision Theory

We assume that particles must collide in order to react. Thus a first understanding of reaction rates is based on understanding what influences the frequency of collisions.



r = p (e-(Ea/RT)) Zo[A][B]

r = k [A][B]

















Plot of Maxwell-Boltzman Distribution of oxygen at three different temperatures














Arrhenius Equation & Plot

ln k = (-Ea/R) (1/T) + ln A

Arrhenius plot

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Transition States and Reaction Progress (Reaction Coordinate) Diagrams

Reaction with -G:














Reaction with +DeltaG:



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