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Determine the activation energy for the reverse reaction

  1. May 9, 2005 #1


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    Hey ,
    I still do not understand how to determine the activation energy for the reverse reaction when you are given the activation energy for the forward reaction and the delta h for the reaction. I was told to draw an energy diagram but I think I am drawing it wrong. I do know that the activation energy for the reverse reaction is larger than the forward reaction. Could someone explain how to get the activation energy and how to properly draw a potential energy diagram.
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  3. May 10, 2005 #2


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    In general [tex]activation~energy_{forward}~-\Delta H~=~activation~energy_{reverse} [/tex]

    I think that your text will be better for understanding the potential energy diagram, it is quite essential that you understand the diagram.
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