IodineClock (1) - Name:_Block_Date:_ TheIodineClockReaction

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Name: ___________________________________ Block___________  Date: ____________________ The Iodine Clock Reaction In class we have talked about a very simple reaction mechanism in which two reactants break apart to  form a simple product.  However, most reactions are far more complicated than this and take place in  several steps.   In our example: H 2  + Cl 2    2HCl, the reaction proceeded just as it was written.  However, the reaction we will conduct today occurs in several steps.  This series of reactions is called  the  reaction mechanism .   Who cares about reaction mechanisms?  The reason for excitement over reaction mechanisms is that most scientific break-throughs in the area  of health and disease involve the search for these mechanisms.  Mechanisms are complex and  determined by a great deal of trial and error experimentation. When a news reporter mentions that  researchers have uncovered higher concentrations of aluminum in Alzheimer’s patients, it sends  scientists off on chemical expeditions to search for the mechanism that causes aluminum to be present. 
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2010 for the course CHM chemisty l taught by Professor ? during the Spring '10 term at University of North Carolina Wilmington.

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