Rate of reaction

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Rate of reaction

  • Reactions can go at all sorts of different rates
  • A really slow reaction is the rusting of iron (one of the slowest)
  • A moderate speed is a metal reacting with acid to produce a gentle stream of bubbles
  • A really fast reaction is an explosion where it's all over in a fraction of a secon

Rate of reaction depends on four things:

  • Temperature
  • Concentration (or pressure for gases)
  • Catalyst
  • Surface area of solids (or size of solid pieces)
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