Activation Energy and Temperature

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Hailey Donaldson 1E
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Activation Energy and Temperature

Postby Hailey Donaldson 1E » Mon Feb 15, 2016 8:57 pm

Is there an inverse relationship between activation energy and temperature? If so, how can you explain such a relationship?

Jonathan Shih 3H
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Re: Activation Energy and Temperature

Postby Jonathan Shih 3H » Mon Feb 15, 2016 9:19 pm

Technically, there is no relationship between temperature and activation energy, the temperature doesn't affect the amount of activation energy that is need for the reaction to occur. However, when you start off at a higher temperature, the reactants naturally start of with more energy (temperature is a reflection of the average kinetic energy), so you don't need to input as much energy for the reaction to occur (or perhaps you've already reached enough energy for the reaction to occur). But bottomline is that the temperature itself doesn't affect the value of the activatione energy.


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