Unit 2 Application of Core Principles of Chemistry - 2.8 - Kinetics

Students will be assessed on their ability to:

a) recall the factors that influence the rate of chemical reaction, including concentration, temperature, pressure, surface area and catalysts

b) explain the changes in rate based on a qualitative understanding of collision theory

c) use, in a qualitative way, the Maxwell-Boltzmann model of the distribution of molecular energies to relate changes of concentration and temperature to the alteration in the rate of a reaction

d) demonstrate an understanding of the concept of activation energy and its qualitative relationship to the effect of temperature changes on the rate of reaction

e) demonstrate an understanding of the role of catalysts in providing alternative reaction routes of lower activation energy and draw the reaction profile of a catalysed reaction including the energy level of the intermediate formed with the catalyst

f) carry out simple experiments to demonstrate the factors that influence the rate of chemical reactions, e.g. the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide.