Intermediate Line

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Samantha Rundle 3K
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Intermediate Line

Postby Samantha Rundle 3K » Sun Feb 21, 2016 6:49 pm

Why does the intermediate line that is drawn through the activation energy curve have to be on the same level as the reactants?

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VictoriaRoderick_3A
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Re: Intermediate Line

Postby VictoriaRoderick_3A » Sun Feb 21, 2016 6:57 pm

The line has to be even with the reactants because is the reference point. Think of it as sea level. Anything higher has a positive change, and anything below has a negative change.

Aishwarya Raich
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Re: Intermediate Line

Postby Aishwarya Raich » Sun Feb 21, 2016 7:26 pm

The intermediate line starts with the reactants because the activation energy is the potential energy that is required to start the reaction. Therefore, the intermediate line must begin with the reactants and go across the energy diagram to represent the energy threshold.


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