1. Explain how the rate of a chemical reaction is influenced by the temperature, concentration, particle size of the reactants, and catalysts using collision theory.
2. Identify and interpret information provided on a potential energy diagram; explain the effect of a catalyst on reaction mechanisms.
Here is a brief presentation about Collision Theory:
This video offers a summary of Chemical Kinetics:
Here is a demonstration of the effect of surface area on the rate of reaction:
A lab determining reaction rate at various concentrations or temperatures is typical for an introductory chemistry course. If your department typically performs the Iodine clock reaction, find out what is done -- that's great if it's already being performed!
If you are starting from scratch, something a little easier would be various effects on the rate of reaction of Alka Seltzer tablets, which are available at the local grocery store.
One lab example is:
My only edit is "thing to crush the Alka Seltzer" -- if you have it available, a mortar & pestle would work quite well.
Here is another series of labs using Alka Seltzer, but also baking soda and vinegar:
Here is a basic worksheet on introducing kinetics:
The energy changes in a reaction are shown in a Potential Energy Diagram. Here is a 12 minute video about the parts of the Potential Energy Diagram:
This link has 4 pages to work with:
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