k and Ea

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Alexandra Carpenter 1G
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k and Ea

Postby Alexandra Carpenter 1G » Sun Mar 11, 2018 10:31 pm

Why does the k of a reaction go down when the activation energy goes up?

Minie 1G
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Re: k and Ea

Postby Minie 1G » Sun Mar 11, 2018 10:33 pm

you can think about it this way... the equilibrium constant k is basically products/reactants. If the activation energy is super high, then it's harder to form products since we have to first overcome this barrier. So when the numerator is smaller, k is smaller.

Jason Liu 1C
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Re: k and Ea

Postby Jason Liu 1C » Sun Mar 11, 2018 11:01 pm

The larger the value of k is, the faster the rate. If Ea is large, more energy is required for the reaction to occur, which means the rate will be slower. If the rate is slower, k will be smaller.

aaron tang 2K
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Re: k and Ea

Postby aaron tang 2K » Wed Mar 14, 2018 1:11 am

k is small because if the activation energy is high, it will be harder for the reaction to produce products

Angel R Morales Dis1G
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Re: k and Ea

Postby Angel R Morales Dis1G » Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:41 pm

You can see the relationship by looking at the equation: k=Ae^(-Ea/RT); an e to a small number will give you a small k, whereas an e to a big number will give you a large k. In other words, the bigger Ea is, the smaller the value of k will be and vice versa.


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