Ch. 6 Learning Goals: Kinetics
• Calculate average and instantaneous rates of
reaction from data in tables and graphs.
• Sketch graphs of [R] vs. time and [P] vs. time.
• Use stoichiometric relationships to calculate rates
of consumption and production.
• Propose methods of measuring the rate of a
• Explain, using collision theory and potential energy
diagrams, how factors such as temperature, the surface
area of the reactants, the nature of the reactants, the
addition of catalysts, and the concentration of the
solution control the rate of a chemical reaction.
• Draw and describe simple potential energy diagrams of
chemical reactions (e.g., the relationships between the
relative energies of reactants and products and the
activation energy of the reaction).
• Explain the significance of the Maxwell-Boltzmann
distribution for two different temperatures.
• Calculate the rate law, including the value and units for k.
• Use the rate law to calculate the rate of a reaction.
• Explain how the rate of a reaction is determined by
the series of elementary steps that make up the
overall reaction mechanism.
• Identify the rate determining step and relate the rate
of the overall reaction to the rate law of the RDS.
• Use appropriate terminology related to rates of
reaction, including, but not limited to: activation
energy, endothermic, exothermic, potential energy
diagram, orientation, reaction rate, elementary step,
reaction mechanism, reaction intermediate, rate
• Conduct an experiment to gather data for the
purpose of determining the order of a reaction with
respect to a particular reactant.
• Plan and conduct an inquiry to determine how
various factors (e.g., change in temperature,
addition of a catalyst, increase in surface area of a
solid reactant) affect the rate of a chemical reaction.
Ch. 6: Chemical Kinetics
The fact that a reaction occurs tells us nothing about the rate at
which it occurs.
• rate of reaction – the speed at which a chemical
• usually expressed as change in concentration of
reactants or products over time
• r = Δc
Sketch a graph of c vs. t for [product]
Graphing and Related Analytical Skills
• pencil, ruler, as large as possible
• concentration (y-axis)
• time (x-axis)
• plot pencil dot points
• draw line of best fit for linear data, smooth
curve for non-linear data
average rate = slope of secant
instantaneous rate = slope of
Mg(s) + 2 HCl(aq) --> H2(g) + MgCl2(aq)
The rate of this reaction can be measured by:
a) measuring change in conductivity over time
(MgCl2(aq)) or colour intensity
b) measuring change in pH over time ([H+(aq)])
c) measuring volume and/or pressure of H2(g)
Stoichiometry and Reaction Rate
2A+3B C + 4D
rate of consumption of A rate of production of C
-Δ[A] : Δ[C] = 2 : 1
-½ Δ[A] = -⅓ Δ[B] = Δ[C] = ¼ Δ[D]
Δt Δt Δt Δt
• Lab 6.1.1 (p. 390)
• Complete a-f
• p. 360 #1,2
• p. 361 #1-5
Factors Affecting Reaction Rate
1. Nature of reactant (K is more reactive than Na.)
2. Temperature (RαT i.e. T R)
3. Catalyst (MnO2 of decomposition of H2O2)
4. Concentration (Skittle burns rapidly in 100% O2(g)
compared to air at 20% O2(g))
5. Surface Area (A crushed antacid tablet reacts quicker
than a tablet in one piece.)
HW: p. 365 #1-5
Collision Theory and Rate of Reaction
• R convert to P by successful collisions b/w R
• For a collision to be successful, reactant
particles must collide with:
– the minimum energy required to produce P
particles (Activation Energy)
– the proper spatial orientation (geometry)
Rate = (frequency)(% of effective collisions)
frequency of effective collisions, rate
Consider: A + B-C A---B---C A-B + C
reactants activated complex products
(aka transition state)
(bonds partially broken/formed)
Temperature of the Reaction System:
Effect of Temperature
as , particles collide more often (
ü KE frequency)
ü a higher temperature, more particles have the required Ea
than at a lower temperature
Effect of Concentration and Surface Area
üincreases frequency of collisions
Effect of Chemical Nature of Reactant
üfewer bonds to be broken = faster rate
üweak bonds – lower threshold energy lower Ea = faster rate
stronger bonds – higher threshold energy higher Ea = slower rate
ücollision geometry may be more difficult to achieve with more complex
molecules and ions
Effect of a Catalyst
üprovides an alternative energy pathway (lower Ea), thereby %
of effective collisions since more particles possess the required Ea
Maxwell-Boltzmann Distribution and
Rate = (frequency) (% of effective collisions)
Factors affecting frequency?
Factors affecting % of effective collisions?
nature of reactants
• p. 372 #1-5
Concept Check: Label i, ii, iii.
Rate Law and Order of Reaction
Given: aA + bB products
By expt, rate α [A]m[N]n
(Rate law) rate = k[A]m[N]n where k is the rate constant
m, n indicate the sensitivity of the
rate to changes in [A] or [B], not
related to coefficients
Order of reaction – the exponents in the rate law
Ex. Given 2 NO(g) + 2 H2(g) N2(g) + 2 H2O(g) R = k[NO(g)]2[H2(g)]
The reaction is 2nd order in NO(g) and 1st order in H2(g). The overall
reaction is 3rd order.
Ex 1: Given R= 1.1 x 104 M-2s-1 [BrO3-][HSO3-]2, determine
the rate when [BrO3-] = 0.0020 M and [HSO3-] = 0.0060 M.
Ex 2: Given 2A + B + 3C products
The reaction is 1st in [A], 2nd order in [B] and third order
overall. What is the affect on the rate if:
a) [A] is doubled?
b) [B] is tripled?
c) [C] is doubled?
d) [B] is halved?
Relating Reaction Rate to Time (p. 378)
• p. 380 #1-5 or p. 382 #1-4
• Print Iodine Clock lab from website. Complete
Pre-lab: Title, Question, Hypothesis, Variables,
Complete concentration calculations in table,
plan graphical analysis.
analogy dirty dry dishes clean wet dishes
clean wet dishes clean dry dishes
dirty dry dishes clean dry dishes
• Reaction mechanism – a series of elementary steps that
predict how reactants are converted to products
• elementary steps – one-step process in which product
particles are (in most cases) the result of collisions b/w 2
reactant particles (bimolecular). Trimolecular collisions are
Ex. 2 NO(g) + H2(g) N2(g) + H2O2(g)
H2O2(g) + H2(g) 2 H2O(g)
2 NO(g) + 2H2(g) N2(g) + 2 H2O(g)
Rate Determining Step – the slowest step in the mechanism
(determines the rate of the overall reaction)
Cl2 2 Cl
Cl + H2 HCl + H
H + Cl2 HCl + Cl
Cl + Cl Cl2
Write the overall equation.
The rate law of the overall reaction is R=k[Cl2]
Which step is the RDS?
• p. 386 #1-3
• p. 387 #1-9
• Unit 3 Summary note