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Chapter 15: Kinetics

15,1 Photochemical Smog

15.2 Reaction Rates.

Express as rate of consumption of reactant,

or rate of production of product.
The time rate of change of concentration.

Relative Rates of Reaction. How reactant disappearance rates and product appearance rates
relate to each other.

N2(g) + 3H2(g)


From Relative Rates to Actual Rates.

Average Rates of Reaction. Rate over a defined interval

Instantaneous Rate of reaction. Rate at a single specific time point during the reaction
Book example pages 709-710

2NO(g) + O2(g) 2NO2(g)

Different instantaneous rates.

The initial instantaneous rate is important.

15.3 Effect of Concentration on Reaction Rates.

Reactions occur via collisions.

Rate Law expresses the concentration dependence of the reaction rate

2NO(g) + O2(g) 2NO2(g)
Eq 15.2
General rate law from inspection of the reaction.

Reaction Order and Rate Constant

How to experimentally determine reaction orders and rate laws.
Determining the specific form of the rate law means we must--Determine the Reaction Order(s) of each reactant or product (usually reactants).
The ratio method or graphical (integrated rate law) methods are ways of doing this.
The Ratio Method uses concentrations of reactants and reaction initial rates.
Data 1.

Reaction: A B

Data 2.

Data 3.

Additional Examples:
Data 4. This reaction at 400 C.

Data 5.
CHCl3(g) + Cl2(g) HCl(g) + CCl4(g)


(0th, 1st, 2nd ORDER)
First-Order Reactions
O3(g) O2(g) + O(g)

General Rate Law:

Integrated Firstt-Order rate


Graph of data plotted according to

the integrated 1st order rate

Reaction Half-Lives The half-life of a reaction (t1/2) is the time it takes for the
concentration of a reactant to decrease to one-half its original concentration.

The concept of half-life derives directly from the integrated form of the rate law.
For First-Order reaction:

Second-Order Reactions

Concentration vs time curve

General Rate Law:

Integrated Second-Order rate equation.


Pseudo-First-Order Reactions.
The integrated Second-Order rate equation in the form:
works only in one circumstance,
when both reactants are identical:
The integrated form of a 2nd-order reaction like, NO(g) + O3(g) NO2(g) + O2(g), is
more complex and beyond the scope of this class.
Kineticists simplify these second order reactions into pseudo-1st-order reactions.
General Rate Law for NO(g) + O3(g) NO2(g) + O2(g):
Simplification to pseudo-1st-order: Treat as first-order.

Pseudo-1st-order rate constant:

2nd-order rate constant:

Example problem 15.9 done in a rational, normal way. Modified Table 15.12, a & b,
pages 725 and 726.
Time, sec

[NO], M
1.661 x 10-12
1.389 x 10-12
1,159 x 10-12
9.684 x 10-13
8.0897 x 10-13
6.7614 x 10-13
2.7413 x 10-13



Zero-Order Reactions (oth-order)

Rate Law:

Integrated rate law:

15.4 Reaction Rates, Temperature and the Arrhenius Equation

Energy flows during a chemical reaction. It takes energy to break bonds, wherease
bond-making releases energy. Charting the energy flow during a reaction takes the
form the Fig. 15.6a (Energy Profile). A prominent feature is the Activation Energy, Ea.
NO(g) + O3(g) NO2(g) + O2(g)

Hypothetical Energy Profile illustrating general


Kinetic-Molecular Energy: molecular kinetic energy distribution is temperature

# collisions increase with temperature


Rate of Reaction increases with temp.


Which lead to the Arrhenius Equation:

(rate constant): k = Ae

Energy Profile specific to the reaction NO(g) + O3(g) NO2(g) + O2(g).


Energy Profile specific to the reaction NO2(g) + O2(g) NO(g) + O3(g).

Manifestations and uses of the Arrhenius Equation. Temperature dependence of the

rate constant.


15.5 Reaction Mechanisms

Every chemical reaction can be written as a molecular-level mechanism that consists
of simple, one-event atomic rearrangements.
A reaction mechanism is a series of these elementary reaction steps that show the
details of bond breaking and bond making during the course of a reaction.
A complete mechanism starts with reactants and ends with products.
The sum of the elementary steps must equal the overall reaction.
The elementary steps may include chemical intermediates, which are typically shortlived.
Chemical intermediates are produced in one elementary step and consumed in a
subsequent elementary step.
Illustration for the Complete Reaction:

Which is composed of two Elementary Steps:


Combined with the reactions Energy Profile:

Omit section: Rate Laws and Reaction Mechanisms.


15.6 Catalysis
Catalysts are used to speed-up reactions by lowering the activation energy (Ea).
This is illustrated by the chlorine-catalyzed decomposition of ozone (O3)
In this case Cl atoms are
HOMOGENEOUS catalysts.

This reaction is a primary cause of atmospheric ozone depletion. Atomic chlorine is

produced by the decomposition of chloro-fluorocarbons in the upper atmosphere.


In automobiles catalytic converters catalyze the following reaction:

2NO(g) N2(g) + O2(g)

Catalytic Converters are an example of a


End Ch. 15.