Question 15.79

Arrhenius Equation:

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Question 15.79

Postby Sydney Wu 2M » Sun Feb 26, 2017 8:18 pm

"In the reaction of Her with the reactive intermediate CH3CH=CHCH2+, at low temperatures the predominant product is CH3CHBrCH=CH2, but at high temperatures, the predominant product is CH3CH=CHCH2Br. (a) Which product is formed by the pathway with the larger activation energy? (b) Does kinetic control predominate at low or high temperatures? Explain your answers."

I am unsure on where/how to begin. Can someone please explain?

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Re: Question 15.79

Postby Gabrielle_Giang_2J » Sun Feb 26, 2017 9:09 pm

For a, CH3CH = CHCH2Br is formed by the pathway with higher activation energy because the positive charge on the reactive intermediate is on a carbon atom.
For b, kinetic control predominates at low temperatures. The lower activation energy barrier causes a faster reaction from a larger rate constant.

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