Scientific Inquiry #1

Scientific Inquiry #1 - another They must collide in the...

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Itzel Rodriguez Scientific Inquiry In 1918 there was an epidemic of sleeping sickness which caused unusual symptoms similar to advanced Parkinson’s disease. Sometime later doctors started treating these patients with the same medicine they had been treating the Parkinson’s patients. In turned out that the medication was effective and did eliminate the paralysis, at least temporarily. On the other hand, its enantiomer had no effect. I believe that one enantiomer is effective and the other isn’t because of the shape of the molecule and how it is constructed. For two molecules to react they must collide with one
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Unformatted text preview: another. They must collide in the right direction and with sufficient energy. Sufficient energy means that between them they have enough energy to overcome the energy barrier to reaction. This means if they don’t have the correct shape and formation the molecule will not be as effective. They could have the same atoms but if their formation is different that can change their activation energy, which is why one of the enantiomer is less effective than the other....
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