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Worksheet: Identifying Reaction Profiles for Catalyzed Reactions


Illustrated in the plot is the energy change during a chemical reaction.

How many transition states exist in this reaction?

How many intermediates exist in this reaction?

Estimate, to the nearest 10 kJ/mol, the activation energy for this reaction.

Catalyzing a reaction reduces the activation energy. Which of the following reaction profiles could be obtained by performing this reaction in the presence of a catalyst?

  • A
  • B
  • C
  • D
  • E