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date: 18 April 2019

activation energy 

Source:
A Dictionary of Chemistry
Author(s):
Richard RennieRichard Rennie, Jonathan LawJonathan Law

Symbol Ea. The minimum energy required for a chemical reaction to take place. In a reaction, the reactant molecules come together and chemical bonds are stretched, broken, and formed in producing the products. During this process the energy of the system increases to a maximum, then decreases to the energy of the products (see illustration). The activation energy is the difference between the maximum energy and the energy of the reactants; i.e. it is the energy barrier that has to be overcome for the reaction to proceed. The activation energy determines the way in which the rate of the reaction varies with temperature (... ...

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