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Activation energy/bond enthalpy

  1. Feb 21, 2013 #1
    I'm doing A level Chemistry, and my teacher isn't good at explaining things. I know activation energy is the minimum energy required for a reaction to take place - so is that just the energy required to break the original bonds? And is the activation energy for a particular bond to form the same as the bond enthalpy (to break the bond)?
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2013
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  3. Feb 22, 2013 #2


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    Have you checked the wikipedia article on the activation energy? I think it addresses both your questions.
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