Table of contents  
Collision Theory of Chemical Reaction  
Mechanism of Reaction  
Arrhenius Equation  
Variation in Arrhenius equation 
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A + B → Products rate of reaction can be expressed as
Rate = ..............(1)
where represents the collision frequency of reactants, A and B and represents the fraction of molecules with energies equal to or greater than Ea. Comparing (1) with Arrhenius equation, we can say that A is related to collision frequency. Equation (1) predicts the value of rate constants fairly accurately for the reactions that involve atomic species or simple molecules but for complex molecules significant deviations are observed. The reason could be that all collisions do not lead to the formation of products. The collisions in which molecules collide with sufficient kinetic energy (called threshold energy*) and proper orientation, so as to facilitate breaking of bonds between reacting species and formation of new bonds to form products are called as effective collisions.
To account for effective collisions, another factor P, called the probability or steric factor is introduced. It takes into account the fact that in a collision, molecules must be properly oriented i.e.,
Rate =
Thus, in collision theory activation energy and proper orientation of the molecules together determine the criteria for an effective collision and hence the rate of a chemical reaction.
Reactions can be divided into
Elementary/Simple/single step
Complex/multistep
These reaction take place in single step without formation of any intermediate
For elementary reaction we can define molecularity of the reaction which is equal to no of molecules which make transition state or activated complex because of collisions in proper orientation and with sufficient energy
molecularity will always be a natural no
1 = unimolecular one molecular gets excited (like radioactivity)
2 = bimolecular
3 = trimolecular
Molecularity < 3 because the probability of simultaneous collision between 4 or mor molecules in proper orientation is very low
For elementary reaction there is only single step and hence it is going to be rate determining step so order of an elementary reaction is its molecularity
Order of elementary reaction w.r.t reactant = stoichiometric coefficient of the reactant
rate = k [H_{2}] [I_{2}]
(no elementary)
reaction obtained by multiplying and elementary reaction with some no will not be of elementary nature
order = 0
Reaction which proceed in more than two steps or having some mechanism. (sequence of elementary reaction in which any complex reaction proceeds)
For complex reaction each step of mechanism will be having its own molecularity but molecularity of net complex reaction will not be defined.
Order of complex reaction can be zero fractions whole no, even negative w.r.t some species.
Order of reaction or rate law of reaction is calculated with the help of mechanism of the reaction generally using rate determine step (R.D.S) if given.
Rate law of a reaction is always written in terms of conc. of reactant, products or catalysts but never in terms of conc. of intermediates.
The mechanism of any complex reaction is always written in terms of elementary steps, so molecularity of each of these steps will be defined but net molecularity of complex reaction has no meaning.
The mechanism of most of the reaction will be calculated or predicted by using mainly the following approximation.
In the ratedeterminingstep approximation (also called the ratelimitingstep approximation or the equilibrium approximation), the reaction mechanism is assumed to consist of one or more reversible reactions step, which in turn is followed by one or more rapid reactions. In special cases, there may be no equilibrium steps before the ratedetermining step or no rapid reactions after the ratedetermining step.
When steps 2 B (C) is assumed to be the ratedetermining step. For this assumption to be valid, we must have k_{1} >> k_{2}. The slow of compared with ensures that most B molecules go back to A rather than going to C, thereby ensuring that step remains close to equilibrium. Furthermore, we must have k_{3 }>> k_{2} and k_{3} >> k_{2} to ensure that step 2 acts as a"bottleneck" and that product D is rapidly formed from C. The overall rate is then controlled by the ratedetermining step . (Note that since k_{3} >> k_{2}, the ratelimiting step is not in equilibrium.) Since we are examining the rate of the forward reaction , we further assume that k_{2}[B] >> k_{2}[C]. During the early stage of the reaction, the concentration of C will be low compared with B, and this condition will hold. Thus we neglect the reverse reaction for step 2. Since the ratecontrolling step is taken to be essentially irreversible, it is irrelevant whether the rapid steps after the ratelimiting step are reversible or not. The observed rate law will, depends only on the nature of the equilibrium that precede the ratedetermining step and on this step itself.
Number of effective collisions = Number of collision x fraction.
F k = A e^{Ea/RT}
Where , k = rate constant of reaction
A = Pre exponential factor or Arrhenius constant or Frequency factor.
E_{a} = Activation energy
R = Universal gas constant
T = Absolute temperature.
⇒ Fraction of molecules undergoing effective collision
log k = 2  ; A = ? E_{a} = ?
k = Ae^{Ea/RT}
log_{e} k = log_{e} A 
log k = log A 
log_{10} A = 2 A = 10^{2} = 100
E_{a} = 2.303 x R x 5 x 10^{3}
r_{1} K_{1} T_{1 }
r_{2} K_{2} T_{2}
log k_{1} = log A  , log k_{2 } = log A 
r_{1} k_{1} no catalyst E_{a} T
r_{2} k_{1} catalyst E_{ac} T
log k_{1} = log A 
log k_{2} = log A 
log
Q. At 278 ^{o}C the half life period for the first order thermal decomposition of ethylene oxide is 363 min and the energy of activation of the reaction is 52,00 cal/mole. From these data estimate the time required for ethylene oxide to be 75% decomposed at 450�C.
Sol. ln =
= t_{1/2} (at 450^{o}C) = 118.24 min.
Now
Therefore, t_{0.75} = x 118.24 = 236.48 min
Q. The activation energy of the reaction : A + B → products is 102.9 kJ/mol. At 40^{o}C, the products are formed at the rate of 0.133 mol/L/min. What will be rate of formation of products at 80^{o}C?
Sol. Let the rate law be defined as
At T_{1} : r_{1} = k_{1}[A]^{x}[B]^{y}
At T_{2} : r_{2} = k_{2}[A]^{x} [B]^{y}
⇒ r_{2} = r_{1}
Using Arrhenius equation find k at 40^{o}C.
log_{10} = ⇒
⇒ log_{10}^{ }= 1.95 ⇒
⇒ r_{2} = 0.133 x 88.41 = 11.76 mol/L/min
Q. The activation energy of a noncatalysed reaction at 37^{o}C is 200 kcal/mol and the activation energy of the same reaction when catalysed decreases to only 6.0 kcal/mol. Calculate the ratio of rate constants of the two reactions.
Sol. We know that :
Let k = rate constant for noncatalysed reaction and k_{c} rate constant for catalysed reaction. Let E_{a} be the activation energy for noncatalysed reaction and E_{ac} be the energy of activation of catalysed reaction.
1.
2.
⇒ ⇒
⇒
⇒ ⇒ or
Q. A first order reaction A → B requires activation energy of 70 kJ/mol. When 20% solution of A was kept at 25^{o}C for 20 minutes, 25% decomposition took place. What will be the percent decomposition in the same time in a 30% solution maintained at 40^{o}C? Assume that the activation energy remains constant in this range of temperature.
Sol. Note : It does not matter whether you take 20%, 30%, 40% or 70% of A.
At 25^{o}C, 20% of A decomposes 25%
⇒ kt = 2.303 log_{10}
⇒ k(40) = 2.303 log_{10} ⇒ k(at 25^{o}C) = 0.0143 min^{1}
Using Arrhenius equation find k at 40^{o}C.
⇒ k(at 40^{o}C) = 0.055 min^{1}
Now calculate % decomposition at 40^{o}C using first order kinetics.
kt = 2.303 log_{10}
⇒ 0.055 x 40 = 2.303 log_{10}
⇒ x = 67.1 ≡ 67.1% decomposition of A at 40^{o}C.
Q. The rate constant of a reaction is 1.5 x 10^{7} sec^{1} at 50^{o}C and 4.5 x 10^{7} sec^{1} at 100^{o}C. Evaluate the Arrhenius parameters A and E_{a}.
Sol. Therefore, 2.303 log_{10} _{} =
Therefore, 2.303 log_{10} =
Therefore, E_{a} = 2.2 x 10^{4} J mol^{1}
Now, Therefore, 4.5 x 10^{7} =
Therefore, A = 5.42 x 10^{10}
Q. A reaction proceeds five times more at 60^{o}C as it does at 30^{o}C. Estimate energy of activation.
Sol. Given, T_{2} = 60 + 273 = 333 K, T_{1} = 30 + 273 = 303 K,
R = 1.987 x 10^{3} kcal
r = k [ ]^{n} (at a temperature T)
Therefore, (at temp. T_{2} and T_{1})
Therefore,
2.303 log_{10}
Therefore, 2.303 log_{10} 5 =
E_{a} = 10.757 kcal mol^{1}
Q. The rate constant of a reaction increases by 7% when its temperature is raised from 300 K to 310 K, while its equilibrium constant increases by 3%. Calculate the activation energy of the forward and reverse reactions.
Sol. Rate constant at 300K = k
Therefore, Rate constant at 310 K = k + = 1.07 k
Thus, 2.303 log
2.303 log
Therefore, = 1258.68 cal
Now, equilibrium constant at 300 K = K'
Equilibrium constant at 310 K = K' + 3/100 x K' = 1.03 K'
Using 2.303 log =
2.303 log
Therefore, ΔH = 549.89 cal
Since, ΔH =
Therefore, 549.89 = 1258.68 
Therefore, = 708.79 cal
Q. At 380^{o}C, the half life period for the first order decomposition of H_{2}O_{2} is 360 min. The energy of activation of the reaction is 200 kJ mol^{1}. Calculate the time required for 75% decomposition at 450^{o}C. [IIT 1995]
Sol. K_{1} = 0.693/360 min^{1} at 653 K and
E_{a} = 200 x 10^{3} J, K_{2} = ? at 723 K, R = 8.314 J
Therefore, From 2.303 log_{10} (K_{2} / K_{1}) = (E_{a}/R)[(T_{2}  T_{1})/(T_{1}T_{2})]
K_{2} = 0.068 min^{1}
Now, t = log_{10} = 20.39 minute
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