Reaction Kinetics

Reaction Kinetics
Theoretical aspects of chemical kinetics in the gas phase and in solution. Rates and mechanisms in solution, rapid reactions, and other topics.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesCHEM 462 & CHEM 463
 TaughtWinter even years
 ProgramsContaining CHEM 563
Course Outcomes

Outcome 1

Solve simple and complex (coupled or sequential) kin etic expressions to obtain rate constants, reaction lifetimes, and activation energies, for gas, liquid, surface, and catalyzed reactions.

Outcome 2

Use statistical reaction theories, including transition state theory and RRKM, to both predict and interpret chemical reaction rates.

Outcome 3

Interpret the results of experiments that measure dynamic processes, such as cross-molecular beam experiments.

Outcome 4

Use the concepts of detailed balance and microscopic reversibility to connect the results of experiments that measure dynamic processes to experiments that obtain kinetic results.

Outcome 5

Calculate the potential energy surface (PES) for a simple chemical reaction, explain the relationship between the PES and the outcomes of a chemical reaction including how different types of energy influence the reaction given the PES.