Chemistry 9th Edition

Published by Cengage Learning
ISBN 10: 1133611095
ISBN 13: 978-1-13361-109-7

Chapter 12 - Chemical Kinetics - Exercises: 66

Answer

The activation energy for the decomposition of $XY$ is $139\space kJ/(2\space mol)$.

Work Step by Step

The activation energy can be found by taking the activation energy ($167kJ/mol$) and subtracting the enthalpy of reaction ($28kJ/mol$). Since the chemical equation of the formation of $XY$ created $2\space mol$ of $XY$, the decomposition reaction also requires $2\space mol$ of $XY$, hence the per $2\space mol$ in the unit.
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