Introductory Chemistry (5th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 032191029X
ISBN 13: 978-0-32191-029-5

Chapter 15 - Chemical Equilibrium - Exercises - Questions: 32

Answer

Since activation energy refers to the energy needed to begin a reaction, a large activation energy will cause the rate of reaction to proceed slower. This way, a large equilibrium constant will not cause a spontaneous reaction. In many applications, a catalyst may be used to reduce the large activation energy.

Work Step by Step

Since activation energy refers to the energy needed to begin a reaction, a large activation energy will cause the rate of reaction to proceed slower. This way, a large equilibrium constant will not cause a spontaneous reaction. In many applications, a catalyst may be used to reduce the large activation energy.
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