Kinetics and Thermodynamics

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Kinetics and Thermodynamics

Postby Jessica Helfond 2F » Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:22 pm

How do kinetics and thermodynamics interact to control reactions? How do they each impact a reaction differently?

Maddy Mackenzie
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Re: Kinetics and Thermodynamics

Postby Maddy Mackenzie » Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:24 pm

Thermodynamics tells you if a reaction is favorable/ likely to happen. Kinetics tells you how fast a reaction happens. For example, thermodynamics tells us that it is energetically favorable for a diamond to decompose into graphite. However, kinetics shows that while it is a favorable reaction to decompose, the reaction happens so slowly that essentially the diamond never decomposes into graphite.

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