Unformatted text preview: Fessenden and Fessenden is insufficient. So for the sake of being thorough, I’ll just recap what is discussed in our course textbook. As mentioned previously, reaction mechanisms provide detailed descriptions of how a reaction occurs (e.g., addition, elimination, substitution, rearrangement). But more specifically, reaction mechanisms describe what takes place at each stage of chemical processes through indicating the intermediates, if any, formed. Despite their high energy states and our inability to isolate these molecules in lab settings, some mechanisms may propose transition states of some chemical reactions. Furthermore, reaction mechanisms may also describe which bonds are broken or formed and in what order. They may also provide information on the relative rates of the reaction and experimental conditions (e.g., temperature). Overall, complete mechanisms will account for all reactants used (including catalysts), and all products formed....
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This note was uploaded on 04/10/2011 for the course AAS 410.302.81 taught by Professor Thompson during the Spring '11 term at Johns Hopkins.
- Spring '11