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Reaction Kinetics: The essentials Virtual Lab

Join Dr. One at our extraterrestrial lab facility, where we’re struggling to get enough propulsion for our transporter. We need you to figure out the kinetics and optimize the chemical reaction of the fuel we’re using, so we can continue with our experiments.

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Reaction Kinetics: The essentials

About this Simulation

Power up the Squadrone! In this simulation, you will learn the main factors that influence the rate of a chemical reaction, and use this knowledge to improve the output of our drone transporter’s propulsion fuel. The changed reaction affects how much heat is generated though, which can potentially overheat the drone. You will need to dive into potential energy diagrams to figure out what’s going on there.

Kinetics at the core

After meeting Dr. One at the lab facility and getting up to speed on the chemical reaction we’re working with, you will explore hands-on and optimize the key factors involved in the kinetics of the reaction. We will use the power of the rate law and the Arrhenius’ equation to really pinpoint what’s going on, and also link this to effects at the molecular level. You will be able to dynamically adjust the parameters of the reaction as you see fit, and see the direct effect on the rate of the reaction and concentration of the reactants and products.

Potential for more energy

After having optimized the reaction, you will move on to explore how the levels of potential energy for the reactants and products of the reaction affect the heat being produced, and how the use of a catalyst can affect the activation energy.

Don’t dip in the acid

Ultimately, you will need all your gathered knowledge on kinetics to get the reaction to produce enough propulsion for the transport drone. Will you be able to enable it to get across the acid lake?

Learning Objectives

At the end of this simulation, you will be able to:

  • Describe the main factors that influence the rate of a chemical reaction (reactant concentration, temperature, solvent, use of catalyst), and give examples of their effect

  • Assess the reaction rate of simple reactions by examining concentration data over time

  • Explain the relation between temperature and reaction rate

  • Describe the relation between collision theory and activation energy

  • Interpret reaction energy diagrams, and relate them to energy changes during the course of a reaction

  • Suggest a suitable experimental setup for measuring the kinetics of a reaction

Techniques in Lab

At the end of this simulation, you will be able to:

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