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Reaction Profiles

Posted: Mon Mar 07, 2016 1:41 am
by Chu 3J
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
by Albert Chong_1L
Hi,

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).