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Unit 12: Kinetics and Nuclear Chemistry—Rates of Reaction

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Unit Overview

In this unit, we will learn how the rate of a chemical reaction is affected by a number of factors, including temperature and the concentration of reactants at the beginning of the reaction. While the chemical equation may show reactants turning into products as a straightforward, simple arrow, there is much more to that arrow than meets the eye. How exactly do reactants turn into products? Sometimes, the answer is simple: Two atoms bump into each other and form a bond. Most of the time, however, the process is much more complex. Controlling the rate of reactions has implications for a variety of applications, including drug design and corrosion prevention. The latter half of this unit introduces nuclear reactions.

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