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4.1: Activation Energy - Ea

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    • Explain activation energy.
    • Describe how energy varies during a chemical reaction.
    • Plot chemical potential energy of the system as a function of the reaction coordinate.
    • Explain the model \(k = \ce{A e}^{\Large{E_{\Large\ce a}/RT}}\) for chemical kinetics.
    • Plot k versus 1/T when k is measured at several T.
    • Calculate Ea when a series of k and T are given.
    • Calculate k at certain T.

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