Posted: Mon Mar 07, 2016 1:41 am
In question 4.40 in the Introduction to Organic Chemistry workbook, how do we know if the reactants or products are thermodynamically stable. Also how do we determine if a reaction is kinetically controlled?
Re: Reaction Profiles
Posted: Mon Mar 07, 2016 9:01 am
The products are thermodynamically stable if they have lower Free Energy than the reactants (1&2).
A reaction is kinetically stable if it has a high activation energy, because few reactants will become products at normal temperatures (2&4).