5.111SC | Fall 2014 | Undergraduate

Principles of Chemical Science

Unit V: Chemical Kinetics

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In Unit V, we consider the speed, or rate, of chemical reactions. Thermodynamics tells us if a particular reaction will be spontaneous, but not how fast it will occur. Thus, both thermodynamics and kinetics are necessary for understanding chemical reactions. By the end of this unit, viewers should be able to analyze kinetics data to determine the order of the reaction with respect to any reagent, write simple reaction mechanisms, and determine if a mechanism is consistent with experimental data. They should be familiar with the steady-state approximation, rate-determining steps, and activation energy barriers. Viewers should be able to describe the properties of a catalyst and be familiar with terms associated with enzyme catalysis.

Image excerpted from Lecture 30 Notes Lecture 30: Kinetics: Rate Laws

Image excerpted from Lecture 31 Notes Lecture 31: Nuclear Chemistry and Chemical Kinetics

Image excerpted from Lecture 32 Notes Lecture 32: Kinetics: Reaction Mechanisms

Image excerpted from Lecture 33 Notes Lecture 33: Kinetics and Temperature

Image excerpted from Lecture 34 Notes Lecture 34: Kinetics: Catalysts

Image excerpted from Lecture 35 Notes Lecture 35: Applying Chemical Principles

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