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Unformatted text preview: 4) What is the difference between exergonic and exothermic? What is the difference between intermediate and transition state? What is the relation between activation energy and the rate of a reaction? Exergonic vs. Exothermic Reactions In order to have favorable chemical reactions, in which the equilibrium lies toward the generation of products from reactants, the energy of the products must be less than the energy of the reactants. And in such processes, we have a loss of energy. One way to assess whether a reaction is favorable is through quantifying the change in free energy, more specifically, Gibbs Free Energy Change (ΔG). Gibbs Free Energy Change is defined as the difference between the free energy of the products and the free energy of the reactants. When the free energy of the products is less than the free energy of the reactants, we have a negative change...
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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