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Reaction Cone

Postby Noor_Burney_1L » Sun Mar 05, 2017 11:01 pm

On the day we were going over page 74 of the course reader in lecture, Professor Lavelle mentioned a reaction cone, with regards to second order, when going over the example below:

2BrNO (g) ----> [ON--Br-----Br--NO]‡ ----> 2NO (g) + Br2 (g)

What exactly is a reaction cone, and how is it related to collisions?

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Re: Reaction Cone

Postby Liam Giffin 2B » Sun Mar 05, 2017 11:51 pm

I don't really know much at all about this topic, but it is my understanding that the reaction cone is the range of angles at which a collision can occur in order for the reaction to occur. So the 2 Br atoms have to collide in a particular arrangement in order for the reaction to occur, the reaction cone describes the range of angles that this arrangement could take. I'm almost certain we won't be assessed on this information though.

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