Lesson 1
Complex Reactions and Kinetic Order 3
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Prof. McBride, J. Michael, CHEM 125b, Freshman Organic Chemistry II, Spring 2011, YALE Open Courses: Yale University, Chemistry (Accessed 14/09/2014), http://oyc.yale.edu/chemistry/chem-125b/lecture-1 License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA This second semester builds on the first semester’s treatment of molecular structure and energy* to discuss how reaction mechanisms have been discovered and understood. It also treats the spectroscopy and synthesis of organic molecules. Analysis of bond-dissociation energies suggests a chain mechanism for free-radical halogenation of alkanes. Experimental determination of kinetic order provides insight into complex reaction schemes, especially when one step is rate-limiting.

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