Collision Orientation

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Molly Laviano 3N
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Collision Orientation

Postby Molly Laviano 3N » Sun Mar 05, 2017 5:38 pm

Given that molecules must collide in a certain way for a reaction to occur, how do we identify the specific orientation of a bimolecular collision?

Shushanna S 3F
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Re: Collision Orientation

Postby Shushanna S 3F » Sun Mar 05, 2017 5:42 pm

Sometimes you can guess from the structures of the reactants. For example if one of the reactants is trigonal planar and it is the central atom that is going to be involved in the reaction, then it makes sense that the other reactant will form a bond from either the top or the bottom of that molecule with the central atom.

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