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Does the amount of energy affect the dissociation of methane

  1. Dec 14, 2016 #1
    I hear that methane is known dissociate into free radicals and sometimes into ions (carbocation and hydrogen proton). Is it different amounts energy responsible for the same molecule (methane) to undergoing different kinds of dissociation?
     
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  3. Dec 14, 2016 #2

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    Yes.
     
  4. Dec 14, 2016 #3
    Could you explain how?
     
  5. Dec 14, 2016 #4

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    You've already answered your own question.
     
  6. Dec 16, 2016 #5
    Does this mean that if energy absorbed is more the molecule will dissociate into ions and if it is less molecule will dissociate into free radicals?
     
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    I would assume in the gas phase dissociation into ions always requires more energy, as you have to move attracting charges away.
     
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