Frequency Factor


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Kimberly 1H
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Frequency Factor

Postby Kimberly 1H » Tue Mar 12, 2019 12:46 am

In class, Lavelle explained that the frequency factor of H+H-->H2 is 1 since the electron configuration is 1s, giving it a spherical shape. Are frequency factors solely dependent on orbital shapes?

Rebecca Altshuler 1D
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Re: Frequency Factor

Postby Rebecca Altshuler 1D » Tue Mar 12, 2019 1:31 am

I think orbital shapes come into it, but it gets more complex after the s orbital. Basically a frequency factor refers to collisions between molecules that will have the correct angle to cause a reaction, like the example in class with bromine. They have to line up in the right orientation, but since H molecules are so simple in terms of orbitals, there is not a specific angle that they need to be at.


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