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Maxwell-Boltzmann Distribution for Liquids and Collision Theory

  1. Feb 20, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Im doing a chemistry assignment to do with collision theory at grade 12 level. It is an Experimental Investigation where i must vary the concentration, temperature and catalyst and relate the results to the collision theory. I am using the decomposition of Hydrogen Peroxide as my base experiment. The question i have for the forums is: When dealing with hydrogen peroxide solutions (around 0.1M), is there any kind of energy distribution for liquids, similar to the Maxwell-Boltzmann Distribution for gases that i can use? Or even: Is the Maxwell-Boltzmann Distribution a close enough representation of what is occurring in the liquid reaction, that at a grade 12 level it would be acceptable to use it to explain why temp, conc, etc. can change the rate of reaction? If so, what factors should i talk about as differences between the distribution of gases and the distribution of liquids?

    2. Relevant equations

    2H2O2 --> 2H20 + O2

    Thanks for your help,

    Last edited: Feb 20, 2010
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