6.3 The Kinetics of Organic Reactions

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    Rate Laws

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    Reactant orders are often integers and often correlate with how many molecules are involved in the slow step.

    Rate Constants

    -Rate constants are greater at higher temperatures.

    -Rate constants are greater with a lower activation energy (like when a catalyst is present).

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    Hammond Postulate

    The transition state resembles both the reactant and product of the step but resembles more whichever is closer in energy.

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    Speeds up a reaction (in both directions)
    Lowers the activation energy (in both directions)
    Increases the rate constant (in both directions)
    Provides an alternate mechanism (pathway) for the reaction
    Is NOT consumed in a reaction
    Does not shift the equilibrium
    Catalyst energy diagram