How does temperature affect collision theory?

1 Answer
Jul 3, 2015

Collision theory states reacting particles can form products when they collide with each other with sufficent kinetic energy and in the correct orientation.


Particles that lack kinetic energy will collide, but it will most likely just bounce off one another, we call this an ineffective collision .

At a higher temperature, the particles have a higher kinetic energy making their collisions more frequent, therefore increasing the chances of a successful collision. This speeds up the reaction rate as well.