## Kinetics

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### Kinetics

Why is it that we need to know derivatives and slopes at particular points in kinetics? Are those values calculated or more theoretical?

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### Re: Kinetics

In a concentration vs time graph of a reaction, the slope or derivative at a certain time is the rate of the reaction (how fast or slow a reaction proceeds), and kinetics is the study of the rates of chemical reactions. Initial rates of reactions can be calculated but it becomes more difficult the farther along you are in a reaction because some product formed returns to reactant and the reverse reaction must be taken into account. That is why we study the initial rate of a reaction, before much product is formed.

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### Re: Kinetics

What does it mean if Kinetics is controlling a reaction?

Jacob Bershatski 4C
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I think we need to know derivatives for kinetics because we need to be able to calculate the instantaneous rate of change of concentration in a reaction.

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### Re: Kinetics

if a reaction is thermodynamically favorable doesn't occur because of kinetics, it is a kinetics controlled reaction.

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A reaction is controlled by kinetics when it has a very high activation energy and therefore, despite being thermodynamically favorable, it does not occur.

Mindy Kim 4C
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In the example Dr. Lavelle used in lecture, a reaction can be favorable but be very slow. In this case, kinetics rather than thermodynamics is controlling the reaction.

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### Re: Kinetics

Will we be performing calculations where we find the derivatives?

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