## Activated Complex vs Transition State

Arrhenius Equation: $\ln k = - \frac{E_{a}}{RT} + \ln A$

Jasmine 2C
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### Activated Complex vs Transition State

What's the difference between activated complex and transition state in the transition-state theory?

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### Re: Activated Complex vs Transition State

Activated complex refers to a range of configurations near the transition state that the atoms pass through in the transformation from products, while the transition state refers to only the highest potential energy configuration of the atoms during the reaction.

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### Re: Activated Complex vs Transition State

Activated Complex- collection of intermediate molecules that are created as a chemical reaction progresses
Transition state- intermediate of a chemical reaction that makes up the highest potential energy

Matt F
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### Re: Activated Complex vs Transition State

Would it be correct to say that the activated complex is part of the transition state (or vise versa)? Or are they completely separate from each other

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### Re: Activated Complex vs Transition State

An activated complex can be a varying number of configurations between two molecules. In the activated complex, the complex can either form products or disassociate to form the original reactants. The transition state is the one of highest potential energy and when this energy level is reached, the complex will form products.

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### Re: Activated Complex vs Transition State

805307623 wrote:Activated Complex- collection of intermediate molecules that are created as a chemical reaction progresses
Transition state- intermediate of a chemical reaction that makes up the highest potential energy

When do we use these concepts in the material that we have learned and will be tested on?