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Activation energy
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You may say activation energy may also be defined as the minimum energy required to start a chemical reaction. But this is incorrect, for the energy needed to start a reaction is 0. Activation energy of a reaction is denoted by Ea and given in units of kilojoules per mole or kilocalories per mole. Activation energy can be thought of as the height of the barrier separating two minima of potential energy. For a chemical reaction to proceed at a rate, there should exist an appreciable number of molecules with translational energy equal to or greater than the activation energy. The Arrhenius equation gives the basis of the relationship between the activation energy and the rate at which a reaction proceeds. Even without knowing A, Ea can be evaluated from the variation in reaction rate coefficients as a function of temperature, there are two objections to associating this activation energy with the threshold barrier for an elementary reaction. First, it is unclear as to whether or not reaction does proceed in one step. In some cases, rates of decrease with increasing temperature. When following an exponential relationship so the rate constant can still be fit to an Arrhenius expression. Elementary reactions exhibiting these negative activation energies are typically barrierless reactions, increasing the temperature leads to a reduced probability of the colliding molecules capturing one another, expressed as a reaction cross section that decreases with increasing temperature. Such a situation no longer leads itself to direct interpretations as the height of a potential spot, a substance that modifies the transition state to lower the activation energy is termed a catalyst, a biological catalyst is termed an enzyme. It is important to note that a catalyst increases the rate of reaction without being consumed by it, in addition, while the catalyst lowers the activation energy, it does not change the energies of the original reactants or products. Rather, the reactant energy and the product energy remain the same, in the Arrhenius equation, the term activation energy is used to describe the energy required to reach the transition state. Likewise, the Eyring equation is an equation that also describes the rate of a reaction. Instead of also using Ea, however, the Eyring equation uses the concept of Gibbs energy and this implies that the equation is similar but not identical to the Arrhenius one, because the Gibbs energy contains an entropic term in addition to the enthalpic one. Chemical kinetics Fire point Mean kinetic temperature Quantum tunnelling

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Chemistry
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Chemistry is a branch of physical science that studies the composition, structure, properties and change of matter. Chemistry is sometimes called the science because it bridges other natural sciences, including physics. For the differences between chemistry and physics see comparison of chemistry and physics, the history of chemistry can be traced to alchemy, which had been practiced for several millennia in various parts of the world. The word chemistry comes from alchemy, which referred to a set of practices that encompassed elements of chemistry, metallurgy, philosophy, astrology, astronomy, mysticism. An alchemist was called a chemist in popular speech, and later the suffix -ry was added to this to describe the art of the chemist as chemistry, the modern word alchemy in turn is derived from the Arabic word al-kīmīā. In origin, the term is borrowed from the Greek χημία or χημεία and this may have Egyptian origins since al-kīmīā is derived from the Greek χημία, which is in turn derived from the word Chemi or Kimi, which is the ancient name of Egypt in Egyptian. Alternately, al-kīmīā may derive from χημεία, meaning cast together, in retrospect, the definition of chemistry has changed over time, as new discoveries and theories add to the functionality of the science. The term chymistry, in the view of noted scientist Robert Boyle in 1661, in 1837, Jean-Baptiste Dumas considered the word chemistry to refer to the science concerned with the laws and effects of molecular forces. More recently, in 1998, Professor Raymond Chang broadened the definition of chemistry to mean the study of matter, early civilizations, such as the Egyptians Babylonians, Indians amassed practical knowledge concerning the arts of metallurgy, pottery and dyes, but didnt develop a systematic theory. Greek atomism dates back to 440 BC, arising in works by such as Democritus and Epicurus. In 50 BC, the Roman philosopher Lucretius expanded upon the theory in his book De rerum natura, unlike modern concepts of science, Greek atomism was purely philosophical in nature, with little concern for empirical observations and no concern for chemical experiments. Work, particularly the development of distillation, continued in the early Byzantine period with the most famous practitioner being the 4th century Greek-Egyptian Zosimos of Panopolis. He formulated Boyles law, rejected the four elements and proposed a mechanistic alternative of atoms. Before his work, though, many important discoveries had been made, the Scottish chemist Joseph Black and the Dutchman J. B. English scientist John Dalton proposed the theory of atoms, that all substances are composed of indivisible atoms of matter. Davy discovered nine new elements including the alkali metals by extracting them from their oxides with electric current, british William Prout first proposed ordering all the elements by their atomic weight as all atoms had a weight that was an exact multiple of the atomic weight of hydrogen. The inert gases, later called the noble gases were discovered by William Ramsay in collaboration with Lord Rayleigh at the end of the century, thereby filling in the basic structure of the table. Organic chemistry was developed by Justus von Liebig and others, following Friedrich Wöhlers synthesis of urea which proved that organisms were, in theory

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Coordinate
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The order of the coordinates is significant, and they are sometimes identified by their position in an ordered tuple and sometimes by a letter, as in the x-coordinate. The coordinates are taken to be real numbers in elementary mathematics, the use of a coordinate system allows problems in geometry to be translated into problems about numbers and vice versa, this is the basis of analytic geometry. The simplest example of a system is the identification of points on a line with real numbers using the number line. In this system, an arbitrary point O is chosen on a given line. The coordinate of a point P is defined as the distance from O to P. Each point is given a unique coordinate and each number is the coordinate of a unique point. The prototypical example of a system is the Cartesian coordinate system. In the plane, two lines are chosen and the coordinates of a point are taken to be the signed distances to the lines. In three dimensions, three perpendicular planes are chosen and the three coordinates of a point are the distances to each of the planes. This can be generalized to create n coordinates for any point in n-dimensional Euclidean space, depending on the direction and order of the coordinate axis the system may be a right-hand or a left-hand system. This is one of many coordinate systems, another common coordinate system for the plane is the polar coordinate system. A point is chosen as the pole and a ray from this point is taken as the polar axis, for a given angle θ, there is a single line through the pole whose angle with the polar axis is θ. Then there is a point on this line whose signed distance from the origin is r for given number r. For a given pair of coordinates there is a single point, for example, and are all polar coordinates for the same point. The pole is represented by for any value of θ, there are two common methods for extending the polar coordinate system to three dimensions. In the cylindrical coordinate system, a z-coordinate with the meaning as in Cartesian coordinates is added to the r and θ polar coordinates giving a triple. Spherical coordinates take this a further by converting the pair of cylindrical coordinates to polar coordinates giving a triple. A point in the plane may be represented in coordinates by a triple where x/z and y/z are the Cartesian coordinates of the point

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Bond length
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In molecular geometry, bond length or bond distance is the average distance between nuclei of two bonded atoms in a molecule. It is a property of a bond between atoms of fixed types, relatively independent of the rest of the molecule. Bond length is related to order, when more electrons participate in bond formation the bond is shorter. Bond length is inversely related to bond strength and the bond dissociation energy, all other factors being equal. In a bond between two atoms, half the bond distance is equal to the covalent radius. Bond lengths are measured in the phase by means of X-ray diffraction. A bond between a pair of atoms may vary between different molecules. For example, the carbon to hydrogen bonds in methane are different from those in methyl chloride and it is however possible to make generalizations when the general structure is the same. A table with experimental single bonds for carbon to other elements is given below, bond lengths are given in picometers. By approximation the bond distance between two different atoms is the sum of the covalent radii. As a general trend, bond distances decrease across the row in the periodic table and this trend is identical to that of the atomic radius. The bond length between two atoms in a molecule depends not only on the atoms but also on such factors as the orbital hybridization, the carbon–carbon bond length in diamond is 154 pm, which is also the largest bond length that exists for ordinary carbon covalent bonds. Since one atomic unit of length is 52.9177 pm, unusually long bond lengths do exist. In one compound, tricyclobutabenzene, a length of 160 pm is reported. The current record holder is another cyclobutabenzene with length 174 pm based on X-ray crystallography, in this type of compound the cyclobutane ring would force 90° angles on the carbon atoms connected to the benzene ring where they ordinarily have angles of 120°. The existence of a very long C–C bond length of up to 290 pm is claimed in a dimer of two tetracyanoethylene dianions, although this concerns a 2-electron-4-center bond and this type of bonding has also been observed in neutral phenalene dimers. The bond lengths of these so-called pancake bonds are up to 305 pm, shorter than average C–C bond distances are also possible, alkenes and alkynes have bond lengths of respectively 133 and 120 pm due to increased s-character of the sigma bond. In benzene all bonds have the length,139 pm

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Molecular geometry
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Molecular geometry is the three-dimensional arrangement of the atoms that constitute a molecule. It determines several properties of a substance including its reactivity, polarity, phase of matter, color, magnetism and biological activity. The angles between bonds that an atom forms depend only weakly on the rest of molecule, i. e. they can be understood as approximately local, the molecular geometry can be determined by various spectroscopic methods and diffraction methods. IR, microwave and Raman spectroscopy can give information about the molecule geometry from the details of the vibrational and rotational absorbance detected by these techniques. X-ray crystallography, neutron diffraction and electron diffraction can give molecular structure for crystalline solids based on the distance between nuclei and concentration of electron density, gas electron diffraction can be used for small molecules in the gas phase. NMR and FRET methods can be used to determine complementary information including relative distances, dihedral angles, angles, molecular geometries are best determined at low temperature because at higher temperatures the molecular structure is averaged over more accessible geometries. Larger molecules often exist in multiple stable geometries that are close in energy on the energy surface. Geometries can also be computed by ab initio quantum chemistry methods to high accuracy, the molecular geometry can be different as a solid, in solution, and as a gas. The position of each atom is determined by the nature of the bonds by which it is connected to its neighboring atoms. Since the motions of the atoms in a molecule are determined by quantum mechanics, the overall quantum mechanical motions translation and rotation hardly change the geometry of the molecule. In addition to translation and rotation, a type of motion is molecular vibration. The molecular vibrations are harmonic, and the atoms oscillate about their equilibrium positions, at higher temperatures the vibrational modes may be thermally excited, but they oscillate still around the recognizable geometry of the molecule. At 298 K, typical values for the Boltzmann factor β are, β =0.089 for ΔE =500 cm−1, β =0.008 for ΔE =1000 cm−1, β = 7×10−4 for ΔE =1500 cm−1. When an excitation energy is 500 cm−1, then about 8.9 percent of the molecules are excited at room temperature. To put this in perspective, the lowest excitation vibrational energy in water is the bending mode, thus, at room temperature less than 0.07 percent of all the molecules of a given amount of water will vibrate faster than at absolute zero. As stated above, rotation hardly influences the molecular geometry, but, as a quantum mechanical motion, it is thermally excited at relatively low temperatures. From a classical point of view it can be stated that at temperatures more molecules will rotate faster. In quantum mechanical language, more eigenstates of higher angular momentum become thermally populated with rising temperatures, typical rotational excitation energies are on the order of a few cm−1

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Thermodynamic free energy
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The thermodynamic free energy is the amount of work that a thermodynamic system can perform. The concept is useful in the thermodynamics of chemical or thermal processes in engineering, the free energy is the internal energy of a system minus the amount of energy that cannot be used to perform work. This unusable energy is given by the entropy of a multiplied by the temperature of the system. Like the internal energy, the energy is a thermodynamic state function. Energy is a generalization of free energy, since energy is the ability to do work which is free energy, free energy is that portion of any first-law energy that is available to perform thermodynamic work, i. e. work mediated by thermal energy. Free energy is subject to loss in the course of such work. Since first-law energy is conserved, it is evident that free energy is an expendable. Several free energy functions may be formulated based on system criteria, free energy functions are Legendre transformations of the internal energy. The Helmholtz free energy has a theoretical importance since it is proportional to the logarithm of the partition function for the canonical ensemble in statistical mechanics. The historically earlier Helmholtz free energy is defined as A = U − TS, where U is the energy, T is the absolute temperature. Its change is equal to the amount of work done on, or obtainable from. Thus its appellation work content, and the designation A from Arbeit, the Gibbs free energy is given by G = H − TS, where H is the enthalpy. Historically, these terms have been used inconsistently. In physics, free energy most often refers to the Helmholtz free energy, denoted by A, while in chemistry, since both fields use both functions, a compromise has been suggested, using A to denote the Helmholtz function and G for the Gibbs function. While A is preferred by IUPAC, G is sometimes still in use, the use of the words “latent heat” implied a similarity to latent heat in the more usual sense, it was regarded as chemically bound to the molecules of the body. In the adiabatic compression of a gas, the heat remained constant. During the early 19th century, the concept of perceptible or free caloric began to be referred to as “free heat” or heat set free. In 1824, for example, the French physicist Sadi Carnot, in his famous “Reflections on the Motive Power of Fire”, an increasing number of books and journal articles do not include the attachment “free”, referring to G as simply Gibbs energy

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Energy profile (chemistry)
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For a chemical reaction or process an energy profile is a theoretical representation of a single energetic pathway, along the reaction coordinate, as the reactants are transformed into products. The reaction coordinate is a curve that follows the pathway of a reaction. Qualitatively the reaction coordinate diagrams have numerous applications, chemists use reaction coordinate diagrams as both an analytical and pedagogical aid for rationalizing and illustrating kinetic and thermodynamic events. The purpose of energy profiles and surfaces is to provide a representation of how potential energy varies with molecular motion for a given reaction or process. In simplest terms, an energy surface or PES is a mathematical or graphical representation of the relation between energy of a molecule and its geometry. The methods for describing the energy are broken down into a classical mechanics interpretation. Each component potential function is fit to data or properties predicted by ab initio calculations. Molecular mechanics is useful in predicting equilibrium geometries and transition states as well as relative conformational stability, as a reaction occurs the atoms of the molecules involved will generally undergo some change in spatial orientation through internal motion as well as its electronic environment. Distortions in the geometric parameters result in a deviation from the equilibrium geometry and these changes in geometry of a molecule or interactions between molecules are dynamic processes which call for understanding all the forces operating within the system. The potential energy at given values of the parameters is represented as a hyper-surface. The electronic energy is taken to depend parametrically on the nuclear coordinates meaning a new electronic energy need to be calculated for each corresponding atomic configuration. PES is an important concept in chemistry and greatly aids in geometry. An N-atom system is defined by 3N coordinates- x, y, z for each atom The phenomenon now known as<color=red> EKANSH</color> and these 3N degrees of freedom can be broken down to include 3 overall translational and 3 overall rotational degrees of freedom for a non-linear system. However, overall translational or rotational degrees do not affect the energy of the system. Thus an N-atom system will be defined by 3N-6 or 3N-5 coordinates and these internal coordinates may be represented by simple stretch, bend, torsion coordinates, or symmetry-adapted linear combinations, or redundant coordinates, or normal modes coordinates, etc. Consider a diatomic molecule AB which can macroscopically visualized as two balls connected through a spring which depicts the bond. The concept can be expanded to a molecule such as water where we have two O-H bonds and H-O-H bond angle as variables on which the potential energy of a water molecule will depend. We can safely assume the two O-H bonds to be equal, thus, a PES can be drawn mapping the potential energy E of a water molecule as a function of two geometric parameters, q1= O-H bond length and q2=H-O-H bond angle

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Potential energy surface
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A potential energy surface describes the energy of a system, especially a collection of atoms, in terms of certain parameters, normally the positions of the atoms. The surface might define the energy as a function of one or more coordinates, if there is only one coordinate, an example is the Morse potential. It is helpful to use the analogy of a landscape, for a system with two degrees of freedom, the value of the energy is a function of two bond lengths. The PES concept finds application in such as chemistry and physics. It can be used to explore properties of structures composed of atoms, for example. The geometry of a set of atoms can be described by a vector, r, the vector r could be the set of the Cartesian coordinates of the atoms, or could also be a set of inter-atomic distances and angles. Given r, the energy as a function of the positions, using the landscape analogy from the introduction, E gives the height on the energy landscape so that the concept of a potential energy surface arises. To study a reaction using the PES as a function of atomic positions. An example is the London-Eyring-Polanyi-Sato potential for the system H + H2 as a function of the three H-H distances, for more complicated systems, calculation of the energy of a particular arrangement of atoms is often too computationally expensive for large scale representations of the surface to be feasible. A PES is a tool for aiding the analysis of molecular geometry. Similarly for the bond which is broken in the reaction, R*BC = RBC − R0BC, for exothermic reactions, a PES is classified as attractive if R*AB > R*BC, so that the transition state is reached while the reactants are approaching each other. After the transition state, the A—B bond length continues to decrease, an example is the harpoon reaction K + Br2 → K—Br + Br, in which the initial long-range attraction of the reactants leads to an activated complex resembling K+•••Br−•••Br. The vibrationally excited populations of molecules can be detected by infrared chemiluminescence. In contrast the PES for the reaction H + Cl2 → HCl + Cl is repulsive because R*HCl < R*ClCl, for this reaction in which the atom A is lighter than B and C, the reaction energy is released primarily as translational kinetic energy of the products. For a reaction such as F + H2 → HF + H in which atom A is heavier than B and C, there is mixed energy release, for endothermic reactions, the type of surface determines the type of energy which is most effective in bringing about reaction. Translational energy of the reactants is most effective at inducing reactions with an attractive surface, while vibrational excitation is more effective for reactions with a repulsive surface. As an example of the case, the reaction F + HCl → Cl + HF is about five times faster than F + HCl → Cl + HF for the same total energy of HCl. The concept of an energy surface for chemical reactions was first suggested by the French physicist René Marcelin in 1913