Calculating activation energy from Arrhenius equation

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Nancy Le - 1F
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Calculating activation energy from Arrhenius equation

Postby Nancy Le - 1F » Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:08 pm

If given 2 rate constants and the corresponding temperatures, like in exercise 61, does it matter which one we assign as k1,k2,T1,T2?

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Re: Calculating activation energy from Arrhenius equation

Postby Angela G 2K » Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:35 pm

Just tried switching k1, k2, T1, T2 and the answer was the same, so I guess the order doesn't matter. Just make sure the you use the correct temperature for their respective rate constants.

Mathematically it works out, since a higher temperature gives a larger rate constant. If you use the bigger temp/rate constant as k2/T2, then you'll get a positive multiplying a positive, and if you switch it and make it k1/T1 instead, you'll get a negative multiplying a negative, resulting in the same positive answer.


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