Kinetic Energy vs Potential Energy

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Jade Fosburgh Discussion 2C
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Kinetic Energy vs Potential Energy

Postby Jade Fosburgh Discussion 2C » Mon Mar 12, 2018 1:41 am

In explaining the reaction profile graph for an exothermic reaction (Figure 15.30), the book states: "A reaction profile shows the potential energy of the reactants and products, their total energy arising from their relative location, not their relative speed. Now consider what happens when reactants approach each other with a certain kinetic energy. As the reactants approach, they lose kinetic energy as they “climb” up the left side of the barrier (that is, as their potential energies increase due to the repulsion resulting from their closer approach and the distortions of their bonds)."

What's the difference between kinetic and potential energy in regards to this?

Priyanka Bhakta 1L
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Re: Kinetic Energy vs Potential Energy

Postby Priyanka Bhakta 1L » Mon Mar 12, 2018 8:19 am

I believe that the axis for the reaction profile references the total energy of the substances graphed. When the book explains it that way they are just clarifying what components of the total energy for the R and P change as the reaction goes on.

Ramya Lakkaraju 1B
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Re: Kinetic Energy vs Potential Energy

Postby Ramya Lakkaraju 1B » Mon Mar 12, 2018 5:53 pm

I don't think we have to worry about what components make up the total energy.


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