Can You Speed Up a Chemical Reaction? Try These Four Methods

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Having trouble understanding ways of speeding up chemical reactions in your chemistry homework? Generally, there are four methods: catalysts, concentration, change in temperature or change in pressure. Remember these four C’s and you’ll be good to go!

Background of Chemical Retractions

Chemical reactions take place when a set of reactants combine to yield a set of products. It can be visualized in this diagram:

A + B –> C + D

Essentially, A and B represent the reactants while C and D represent the products that are produced from the reaction. Just remember that there can be more than two reactants and two products.

The rate at which chemical reactions occur is important to know. Some chemical reactions take a very long time to happen while others can happen instantly. So the rate of chemical reactions is somewhat based on the chemical properties of the reactants.

Another thing to keep in mind is the collision theory. The collision theory states that for a reaction to occur, its molecular reactants must collide with each other. When these reactants reach a particular point with their collisions, the chemical reaction occurs and yields its products. The particular point the reactants must reach is called the activation energy. Keep in mind that the activation energy varies in terms of what reactants are colliding with each other.

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