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What is Kinetics (chemistry)?

You can think of Kinetics in chemistry as a road map for reactions. The reactions "route" is a sequence of elementary steps (simpler reactions). The mathematical equations that describe this "route" tells you how fast (or slow) the reactions proceed.

Description by Caitlin B. (Chemistry major at University of Washington)

Kinetics is the study of how fast or slow a chemical reaction is and what can affect the rate of that reaction.

Description by Melissa G. (Chemistry major at Fresno State)

Chemical Kinetics involves the rates of chemical reactions. You may study things like rates of transition, or reaction completion, as well as how varying experimental conditions (such as temperature and pressure) will influence a chemical reaction.

Description by Annie M. (Neuroscience major at The Ohio State University)

Kinetics can be lots of fun, especially in labs. It involves adjusting different properties of reactions (concentration, temperature, etc) in order to alter the rate of the reaction. When molecules are more concentrated or are moving faster, more frequent collisions between those molecules occur and the reaction speeds up.

Description by Veronica B. (Linguistics major at University of Michigan)

Kinetics is the study of movements of particles. In chemistry, we study kinetics of reactions to understand how fast the reaction is going.
If you think about cars for example: some cars are just faster than other. Perhaps they come with better mechanical and instrumental support. Likewise some reaction may have different active elements and catalyst to increase/decrease its rate. In kinetics we study why are the rates of a particles higher or lower given certain situations.

Description by Muhammed Z. (Chemistry, International Relations major at University of Pennsylvania)

Kinetics is a branch of chemistry that examines the rates of chemical reactions as well as what affects those rates. Kinetics determines what product is formed most quickly when performing a reaction and can determine whether a product is kinetically stable, an important fact to take into consideration when performing a reaction. The kinetics of a reaction depends on three main things: the number of collisions over a unit of time, the fraction of those collisions that occur with enough energy, and the fraction of the collisions that are oriented properly.

Description by Emma S. (Chemistry major at Carleton College)

Why study Kinetics (chemistry)?

Chemical Kinetics are a big part of industry. Knowing how fast a reaction occurs is necessary in several fields of chemistry. My general chemistry professor in college once worked on a flu test that took several minutes to get a result from and his task was to make it faster. He told us about this very problem when we were studying rates and it just goes to show that chemistry is everywhere and kinetics is an important part.

Description by Alli M. (Forensic science/Chemistry major at University of Central Oklahoma)

Kinetics is the study of the rates of chemical reactions. It tells us if a reaction will occur, and how long it will occur for. There are many chemical processes within biological systems. This is important if you are interested in fields related to health because there are a variety of chemical processes occurring in the body. Kinetics can help us understand how medications, and energy sources are processed through the body.

Description by V Alyce R. (Psychology major at Florida State University)

Kinetics (chemistry) studies the rates of chemical processes, factors that influence on the reaction. And hence studying kinetics can help to optimize the reaction.

Description by Thanhbinh N. (Bioinformatics major at National University of Singapore)

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