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Physical & Theoretical Chemistry - Chemical Kinetics

Chemical Kinetics



Chemical kinetics is the area of chemistry concerned with the rates (speeds) of reactions. It explains how the rates of different chemical reactions vary over an enormous range of time scales (seconds to years). The main goals of chemical kinetics is to understand the following:

  • The factors that control reaction rates
  • Establish relationships between the rate of a reactions and the amount of reactants present
  • Understand the steps by which a reaction occurs (mechanism of reaction)
  • Optimize conditions to carry out chemical reactions at reasonable rates under proper control


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  3. K. J. Laidler, J.H. Meiser, B.C. Sanctuary, “Physical Chemistry”, 4th Edition, Brooks Cole, 2002

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