How does temperature affect acid base reactions?

1 Answer
Oct 23, 2016

Temperature affects the rate of the reaction


The rate of a reaction is basically the speed at which a reaction occurs.

If you increase the temperature of the reactants, you increase the kinetic energy of the particles. This makes them start moving around faster and colliding with each other more frequently. This increases the chance of more successful collisions (For reactions to occur, reactant particles have to collide with each other to break old bonds and form new ones. This is part of the collision theory)

Also, increasing the temperature will cause particles to collide with more energy so they will have sufficient activation energy to trigger a reaction.

Of course, reducing the temperature will have the opposite effect, as kinetic energy will be taken away from the particles.