Catalysts


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lizzygaines1D
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Catalysts

Postby lizzygaines1D » Mon Mar 12, 2018 12:21 pm

Do catalysts speed up both the forward and reverse reaction?

lindsay lathrop 2C
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Re: Catalysts

Postby lindsay lathrop 2C » Mon Mar 12, 2018 12:25 pm

Yes, catalysts speed up both the forward and reverse reactions. This is why the catalyst does not effect the equilibrium composition even though it is changing the rate of the reaction.

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Re: Catalysts

Postby Peri Bingham 1G » Mon Mar 12, 2018 12:51 pm

Since the catalysts increase the rates of the forward and reverse reactions equally, equilibrium composition is not changed but is just reached faster.

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Re: Catalysts

Postby Amanda Wu 2C » Mon Mar 12, 2018 2:33 pm

Yes, catalysts increase the rates of the forward and reverse reactions. In turn, both the forward and reverse rate constants, k and k', increase but their ratio, k/k' which equals the equilibrium constant K, remains the same.

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Re: Catalysts

Postby Ya Gao » Mon Mar 12, 2018 3:35 pm

Yes, because catalyst lowers the activation energy which works in both the forward and reverse reactions.

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Re: Catalysts

Postby Alejandra Rios 1L » Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:37 am

Yes, a catalyst works to lower activation energy, therefore this corresponds to the rate of both the forward and reverse reactions.

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Re: Catalysts

Postby MorganYun1H » Tue Mar 13, 2018 12:10 pm

catalysts lower activation energy therefore the forward and reverse rate will both increase.

Danny Elias Dis 1E
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Re: Catalysts

Postby Danny Elias Dis 1E » Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:07 am

Do catalysts always enter with the reactants of the first elementary step and end with the products in the last elementary step, or can it be the other way around?

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Re: Catalysts

Postby haleyervin7 » Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:18 pm

Is there any case where there must be a catalyst for a reaction to occur?

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Re: Catalysts

Postby Karan Thaker 2L » Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:41 pm

Important to note catalysts lower Ea, through altering and lowering the transition state of the reactants. They can affect orientation to idealize reactants' position for a reaction, or also weaken bonds of reactants to make them easier to break.

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Re: Catalysts

Postby 805169754 » Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:46 pm

haleyervin7 wrote:Is there any case where there must be a catalyst for a reaction to occur?

You can think about enzymes, which are considered catalysts, in biological scenarios where they are required for some reactions to occur.

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Re: Catalysts

Postby Dong Hyun Lee 4E » Sun Mar 17, 2019 5:40 pm

Catalysts increasethe rate of reactions as they lower the activation energy required to pass the transition state.


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