Chemical KineticsAuthor(s): Aakshi Kainthola
Chemical kinetics, usually referred to as reaction kinetics, is a discipline of physical chemistry concerned with the speeds of chemical reactions. It contrasts with thermodynamics, which deals with the direction in which a process occurs but does not reveal the rate of the process. The main prerequisite for a reaction to take place is that the reactant particles (atoms or molecules) collide and interact in some way. This is the core principle of the collision model, which is used to explain a lot of chemical kinetics findings. One reason for kinetics' relevance is that it gives evidence for chemical process mechanisms. Knowledge of reaction mechanisms is useful in determining the most effective approach to get a reaction to occur, in addition to being of intrinsic scientific interest.