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Wenting Hu 2H
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Postby Wenting Hu 2H » Tue Mar 13, 2018 5:02 pm

What does it mean to draw a proposed structure for the activated complex?

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Postby Naveed Zaman 1C » Tue Mar 13, 2018 5:51 pm

You're going to draw what the transition state will look like. Basically, it'll look like a variation/combination of whatever the reactant molecules they give you are. All the bonds in the transition states are draw with dotted/dashed lines instead of solid lines because we are representing these bonds in the process of being formed and broken.

So for example, the reaction CH3CHO --> CH3 + CHO, you would draw:


This represents a model of what the transition state/activated complex will look like.

Yixin Angela Wang 2H
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Re: 15.85

Postby Yixin Angela Wang 2H » Wed Mar 14, 2018 1:35 am

The complex refers to the thing formed as the intermediate between reaction and product. It's also used when referring to the form that enzymes take when they bind with substrates.

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Postby Angel R Morales Dis1G » Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:54 pm

Since it is in the transition phase, it is very unstable because it is forming and breaking a bond at the same time. You would have to draw the molecule with on bond being broken, and another being added in its place in order to get the final product.

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