What does chemical kinetics involve?

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Apr 5, 2017

Chemical kinetics is the study of the rates of chemical reactions, i.e. the speeds at which the reactants disappear and the products appear, and how one can influence that. The following concepts can be expected to show up while studying the material:

  • Elementary reactions
  • Molecularity
  • Rate constants
  • Initial rates of reaction
  • Rate laws
  • Reaction order
  • Rate of disappearance/appearance
  • Integrated rate laws
  • Zeroth, first, second, and third order reactions
  • Half-lives
  • Reaction mechanisms
  • Slow steps
  • Activation energy
  • Reaction Coordinate Diagram
  • Catalysts