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p. 866. Changing the identity of matterlocked

  • Peter Atkins


A great deal of chemistry is concerned with changing the identity of matter by the deployment of chemical reactions. Physical chemists are interested in a variety of aspects of chemical reactions, including the rates at which they take place (chemical kinetics) and the details of the steps involved during the transformation (chemical dynamics). Chemical reactions can be achieved simply by mixing and heating, but some are stimulated by light (photochemistry) and others by electricity (electrochemistry). ‘Changing the identity of matter’ explains the key terms of chemical kinetics and chemical dynamics such as spontaneous reaction, reaction quotient, equilibrium constant, rate law, reaction mechanism, rate-determining step, activation energy, and catalysis.

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