Maxwell Boltzman Distribution and reactivity. Describes the distribution of gas particles with different kinetic energies. . Not all gas particles will have the same amount of energy at the same temperature. Most probable energy. Average energy .
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Describes the distribution of gas particles with different kinetic energies.
Not all gas particles will have the same amount of energy at the same temperature.
Most probable energy
NB as the curve is assymmetric the average > most probable.
Area under the curve to the RHS is the number of collisions that can result in a reaction.
Increasing the temperature flattens the curve and pushes it to the RHS, but the total area remains constant.
As temperature increases so does the probability of a collision with a higher energy.
As temperature rises there are more collisions with an energy≥ the activation energy, hence rate increases.
A 100C rise in temperature results in a doubling of the metabolic rate.
If activation energy is lowered the area under the curve to the RHS of the activation energy increases.
There will be more collisions with an energy ≥ activation energy, so the rate increases.
Catalysed activation energy
Uncatalysed activation energy