Show Summary Details

p. 905. Reactivitylocked

  • William H. Brock

Abstract

By the mid-19th century many different kinds of chemical change had been recognized and systematized in textbooks. It became the task of physical chemists to explain these different transformations in terms of exchanges between atoms and molecules powered by energy changes and the shifts in equilibrium that underlay all reactivity. Physical chemists found ways of expressing chemical change in mathematical terms and so brought generalization and systematization to chemical practice. ‘Reactivity’ considers the conditions for chemical equilibria and the mechanisms involved in chemical reactions by discussing concepts such as thermodynamics, periodicity, spectroscopy, ideal gases, Boyle’s law, electrolysis, ionic theory, kinetics, and inert gases.

Access to the complete content on Very Short Introductions online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.