Reaction Profiles

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Reaction Profiles

Postby Selena_Wong_1I » Sun Mar 05, 2017 4:46 pm

Why is it that in transition states and intermediates, the energy is higher than in reactants and products?

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Re: Reaction Profiles

Postby Ryan Doyle 3E » Sun Mar 05, 2017 5:38 pm

The intermediate and especially transition states are significantly less stable than the products or reactants because they often lack neutral charges or full valence shells on all their atoms. Because they are less stable, they will have more energy, which is our activation energy.

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Re: Reaction Profiles

Postby 104733470 » Sun Mar 05, 2017 9:49 pm

you can also put it this way. There are more repulsive forces during transitional states and repulsion generates more potential energy.

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