Organic Chem. Book: Q 4.30 Activation Energy and temperature

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Organic Chem. Book: Q 4.30 Activation Energy and temperature

Postby Lauren Worley 3C » Mon Feb 22, 2016 8:51 pm

The question asks if the activation energy of the reaction in 125kJ/mol, will it occur at room temperature.

I understand that that is a high activation energy and that heat needs to be added so that the reaction can occur. What I am unsure of is what value of an activation energy would be low enough to allow a reaction to occur at room temperature? How would we be able to identify this with no additional information?

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Re: Organic Chem. Book: Q 4.30 Activation Energy and tempera

Postby Chem_Mod » Mon Feb 22, 2016 10:41 pm

There is no specific value at which it will occur at room temperature, because remember spontaneity of reaction is determined by thermodynamics and not kinetics. However, the lower the activation energy, the larger the forward rate constant of the reaction.

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Re: Organic Chem. Book: Q 4.30 Activation Energy and tempera

Postby Cindy Chen_2I » Mon Feb 22, 2016 10:54 pm

On page 154 of Intro to Organic Chem, they also mentioned in the third to last paragraph that generally reactions with activation energy lower than 80 kJ/mol can occur at room temperature.


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