Activated Complex vs Transition State

Arrhenius Equation:

Moderators: Chem_Mod, Chem_Admin

Jasmine 2C
Posts: 184
Joined: Wed Sep 18, 2019 12:18 am

Activated Complex vs Transition State

Postby Jasmine 2C » Thu Mar 12, 2020 7:03 pm

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

Jared_Yuge
Posts: 100
Joined: Sat Aug 17, 2019 12:17 am

Re: Activated Complex vs Transition State

Postby Jared_Yuge » Thu Mar 12, 2020 7:06 pm

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.

805307623
Posts: 99
Joined: Fri Aug 09, 2019 12:17 am

Re: Activated Complex vs Transition State

Postby 805307623 » Fri Mar 13, 2020 10:41 am

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
Posts: 100
Joined: Sat Aug 17, 2019 12:17 am

Re: Activated Complex vs Transition State

Postby Matt F » Fri Mar 13, 2020 10:56 am

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

Madelyn Romberg 1H
Posts: 102
Joined: Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:16 am

Re: Activated Complex vs Transition State

Postby Madelyn Romberg 1H » Fri Mar 13, 2020 6:52 pm

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.

805097738
Posts: 180
Joined: Wed Sep 18, 2019 12:20 am

Re: Activated Complex vs Transition State

Postby 805097738 » Sat Mar 14, 2020 10:27 am

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?


Return to “Arrhenius Equation, Activation Energies, Catalysts”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest