Factors That Affect Reaction Rates - Chemistry LibreTexts
Chemical reactions are complex processes that involve chaotic collisions of molecules where bonds between atoms are broken and reformed in new ways. A chemical reaction is mostly about electrons, those very tiny, negatively charged particles that orbit around the outside of all. A number of clues show that a chemical reaction has taken place, for example: Chemical equations show the reactants and products, as well as other factors. I highly recommend looking over Types of Reactions in order to fully understand this concept Reactants are the chemicals present before a chemical reaction.
Aside from just looking at the problem, the problem can be solved using stoichiometric factors. Types of Reactions There are 6 basic types of reactions. Combination is the addition of 2 or more simple reactants to form a complex product.
Decomposition is when complex reactants are broken down into simpler products.
Single displacement is when an element from on reactant switches with an element of the other to form two new reactants. Double displacement is when two elements from on reactants switched with two elements of the other to form two new reactants. Acid- base reactions are when two reactants form salts and water. Molar Mass Before applying stoichiometric factors to chemical equations, you need to understand molar mass. Molar mass is a useful chemical ratio between mass and moles.
The atomic mass of each individual element as listed in the periodic table established this relationship for atoms or ions. Since there is a ratio of 4: Variation in Stoichiometric Equations Almost every quantitative relationship can be converted into a ratio that can be useful in data analysis. This ratio can be useful in determining the volume of a solution, given the mass or useful in finding the mass given the volume. In the latter case, the inverse relationship would be used.
A percent mass states how many grams of a mixture are of a certain element or molecule.
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Stoichiometry is exactly that. It is the quantitative relation between the number of moles and therefore mass of various products and reactants in a chemical reaction.
Chemical reactions must be balanced, or in other words, must have the same number of various atoms in the products as in the reactants. If a chemical reaction is not balanced, no information about the relationship between products and reactants can be derived.
So the first thing to do when you see a chemical reaction is to balance it.
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We balance reactions by adding coefficients in front of the reactants and products. These coefficients are the stoichiometric coefficients. General Guidelines for Balancing Simple Equations Assign a "1" as the coefficient for the most complex species the one whose chemical formula has the greatest number of different elements. Balance any single-element species last. Eliminate fractional coefficients although this is not necessary.
Add coefficients only; do not change the chemical formulas. There must be the same number of atoms on the left and right sides of the chemical reaction. These are just guidelines, not rules.
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Therefore, sometimes it may be necessary to deviate from these general guidelines. Balance the chemical reaction. This equation is not balanced since there are more N and O atoms on the left side of the equation. Let's start by using the guidelines. Assign a stoichiometric coefficient of 1 to the most complex compound, NO.
Now we can balance the remaining single-element compounds. Gasoline is injected into each cylinder, where it combusts on ignition by a spark from the spark plug.
The gasoline is injected in the form of microscopic droplets because in that form it has a much larger surface area and can burn much more rapidly than if it were fed into the cylinder as a stream. Similarly, a pile of finely divided flour burns slowly or not at allbut spraying finely divided flour into a flame produces a vigorous reaction.
Solvent Effects The nature of the solvent can also affect the reaction rates of solute particles. For example, a sodium acetate solution reacts with methyl iodide in an exchange reaction to give methyl acetate and sodium iodide. Although both are organic solvents with similar dielectric constants Hydrogen bonding reduces the reactivity of the oxygen atoms in the acetate ion.
Solvent viscosity is also important in determining reaction rates. In highly viscous solvents, dissolved particles diffuse much more slowly than in less viscous solvents and can collide less frequently per unit time. Thus the reaction rates of most reactions decrease rapidly with increasing solvent viscosity.
Stoichiometry and Balancing Reactions
Catalyst Effects A catalyst is a substance that participates in a chemical reaction and increases the reaction rate without undergoing a net chemical change itself. Consider, for example, the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide in the presence and absence of different catalysts.
Because most catalysts are highly selective, they often determine the product of a reaction by accelerating only one of several possible reactions that could occur. Most of the bulk chemicals produced in industry are formed with catalyzed reactions.
Conceptual Problems What information can you obtain by studying the chemical kinetics of a reaction? Does a balanced chemical equation provide the same information? Why or why not? If you were tasked with determining whether to proceed with a particular reaction in an industrial facility, why would studying the chemical kinetics of the reaction be important to you? What is the relationship between each of the following factors and the reaction rate: