Chemistry :: Kinetics - Rate Laws, Reaction Mechanisms, and Methods of Initial Rates
" What is kinetics and can you do some practice problems relating to rate laws, reaction mechanisms and methods of initial rates? Thanks! "
Chemists are often interested in how fast a reaction will occur, and what we can do to control the rate. The study of reaction rates is called kinetics, and we will learn about average reaction rate, rate laws, the Arrhenius equation, reaction mechanisms, catalysts, and spectrophotometry.
The field of chemical kinetics developed from the law of mass action, formulated in 1864 by Peter Waage and Cato Guldberg. The law of mass action states the speed of a chemical reaction is proportional to the amount of reactants.
hemical kinetics is the study of chemical processes and rates of reactions. This includes analysis of conditions that affect speed of a chemical reaction, understanding reaction mechanisms and transition states, and forming mathematical models to predict and describe a chemical reaction.
Chemical kinetics may also be called reaction kinetics or simply "kinetics". The rate of a chemical reaction usually has units of sec-1