Chemistry 9th Edition

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

Chapter 12 - Chemical Kinetics - Active Learning Questions: 1

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Stability (thermodynamics) occurs when the system is at its lowest potential energy. For example, a helium atom with 4 electrons is thermodynamically stable. Stability (kinetics) occurs when the reactants react very slowly. For example, the conversion of diamond to graphite is a kinetically stable process.

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