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Kinetics v. Thermodynamics

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:33 am
by 305113590
What distinguishes the difference between kinetic stability and thermodynamic stability? If you could relate it to activation energy and ∆G value (negative or positive), I would appreciate it.

Re: Kinetics v. Thermodynamics

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:21 am
by Anushi Patel 1J
I believe kinetic stability has to do with having a large activation energy, meaning the reactant is not as likely to overcome the energy barrier and form the product. Thermodynamic stability has to do with whether or not the change in Gibbs free energy is positive or negative, and whether the reactants or products have a lower energy and are therefore more stable.