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CBSE Chemistry Chapter 4 Chemical Kinetics Class 12 Notes

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One of the most critical physical chemistry branches is chemical kinetics, which is based on the knowledge of chemical reaction rates. You can say it can be contrasted with thermodynamics, which deals with the direction in which the reaction occurs. 

Still, in truth, it doesn't tell about the rate of the reaction. With chemistry chapter 4 class 12 notes, we aim to help students grasp this important topic and all its little details by heart. This is the one chapter that can surely look intimidating due to the number of chemical reactions and numerical problems. 

In addition to this, the chemistry chapter 4 class 12 chemical kinetics notes, discusses how thermodynamics is a time's arrow while chemical kinetics is a time's clock. Chemical kinetics relates to many aspects of cosmology, geology, and even in some cases, psychology. As a result, in Class 12 chemistry chapter 4 notes, we have provided a wide variety of chemical kinetics usage and how it helps humanity create a better world of tomorrow.

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CBSE Class 12 Chemistry Chapter-wise Notes

Chapter 1 - The Solid State

Chapter 2 - Solutions

Chapter 3 - Electrochemistry

Chapter 4 - Chemical Kinetics

Chapter 5 - Surface Chemistry

Chapter 6 - General Principles and Processes of Isolation of Elements

Chapter 7 - The p-Block Elements

Chapter 8 - The d-and f-Block Elements

Chapter 9 - Coordination Compounds

Chapter 10 - Haloalkanes and Haloarenes

Chapter 11 - Alcohols, Phenols and Ethers

Chapter 12 - Aldehydes, Ketones and Carboxylic Acids

Chapter 13 - Amines

Chapter 14 - Biomolecules

Chapter 15 - Polymers

Chapter 16 - Chemistry in Everyday Life

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Chemical Kinetics Class 12 Notes Chemistry - Basic Subjective Questions

Section – A (1 Mark Questions)

1. Write the name of four factors affecting the rate of a reaction.

Ans. (i) Concentration of reactants (ii) Temperature 

(iii) Surface area of reactants (iv) Presence of catalyst.

2. What is the difference between Rate law and Law of Mass Action? 

Ans. Rate law is an experimental law whereas law of mass action is a theoretical law based on the balanced chemical reaction.

3. Give an example of a reaction having fractional order.

Ans. Decomposition of acetaldehyde (order = 1.5)

$CH_{3}CHO\xrightarrow[]{723k}CH_{4}+CO,Rate=k\left [ CH_{3}CHO \right ]^{1.5}$

4. In the reaction $aA+bB\rightarrow$  products, if concentration of A is doubled (keeping B constant) the initial rate becomes four times and if B is doubled (keeping A constant), the rate becomes double. What is the rate law equation and order of reaction?

Ans. Rate = k[A]2[B], order = 2 + 1 = 3

5. The reaction A + B → C has zero order. What is the rate equation?

Ans. Rate $=\left ( \frac{dx}{dt} \right )=k\left [ A\right ]^{\circ}\left [ B \right ]^{\circ}=k$ (rate constant)

6. The rate law for the decomposition of N2O5 is: rate = k[N2O5]. What is the significance of k in this equation?

Ans. k represents the rate constant or specific reaction rate for the reaction and is equal to the rate of reaction when concentration of N2O5 is 1 mol L–1.

7. Give an example of a zero order reaction

Ans. $H_{2}+Cl_{2}\xrightarrow[]{hv}2HCl\;or\;2NH_{3}\xrightarrow[]{pt}N_{2}+3H_{2}$

8. Define specific reaction rate or rate constant.

Ans. Specific reaction rate is the rate of reaction when the molar concentration of each of the reactants is unity.

9. What is the effect of temperature on rate constant of a reaction?

Ans. Rate constant of a reaction changes with change of temperature.

10. How does the value of rate constant vary with reactant concentration?

Ans. For a particular reaction at a particular temperature, rate constant is constant and does not depend upon concentrations of the reactants.

Section – B (2 Marks Questions)

11. The rate of a gaseous reaction is halved when the volume of the vessel is doubled. What is the order of reaction?

Ans. Suppose the reaction is:

A ⟶ Products, and order of reaction is n. Then 

Rate = k[A]n …. (i)

When volume of vessel is doubled, molar concentration is halved. As rate becomes half, therefore,

$\frac{r}{2}=k\left ( \frac{a}{2} \right )^{n}$ ….. (ii) 

Dividing (i) by (ii), we get 2 = 2n or n = 1

12. A substance with initial concentration ‘a’ follows zero order kinetics. In how much time will the reaction go to completion?

Ans. $\frac{dx}{dt}=k$ or dx = k dt ∴ x = kt + I. When t = 0, x = 0. 

∴ I = 0.

Hence, x = kt or t = x/k. For completion, x = a, ∴ t = a/k

13. Write expression for rate of reaction in terms of each reactant and product for the reaction N2 + 3H2 ⟶ 2NH3.

Ans. $-\frac{d\left [ N_{2} \right ]}{dt}=-\frac{1}{3}\frac{d\left [ H_{2} \right ]}{dt}=+\frac{1}{2}\frac{d\left [ NH_{3} \right ]}{dt}$

14. Express the rate of the following reaction in terms of disappearance of hydrogen in the reaction 3H2(g) + N2(g) ⟶ 2 NH3(g)

Ans. $Rate=-\frac{1}{3}\frac{d\left [ H_{2} \right ]}{dt}$

15. For the reaction A → B, the rate of reaction becomes twenty-seven times when the concentration of A is increased three times. What is the order of the reaction?

Ans. E r = k[A]n = kan ... (i)

When concentration is increased three times, [A] = 3 a. Hence,

27 r = k (3 a)n ... (ii)

$\therefore \;\frac{27r}{r}=\frac{k\left ( 3a \right )^{n}}{ka^{n}}$ or 27 = 3n or 33 = 3n ∴ n = 3.

16. Define the term ‘order of reaction’ for chemical reactions.

Ans. It is defined as follows: The sum of the exponents (powers) to which the molar concentrations in the rate law equation are raised to express the observed rate of the reaction is called the order of reaction. For example, consider the reaction:

\begin{aligned}5\mathrm{Br}^{-}(\mathrm{aq})&+\mathrm{BrO}_3^{-}(\mathrm{aq})+6\mathrm{H}^{+}(\mathrm{aq}) \\& \longrightarrow 3\mathrm{Br}_2(\mathrm{aq})+3 \mathrm{H}_2 \mathrm{O}(1)\end{aligned}

Experimentally, it is observed that the rate law for this reaction is: Rate 

$=k\left [ Br^{-} \right ]\left [ BrO_{3}^{-} \right ]\left [ H^{+} \right ]^{2}$

Thus, order with respect to Br, BrO3 and H+ ions are 1, 1 and 2 respectively and the overall order of reaction = 1 + 1 + 2 = 4.

17. For a reaction A → B, the rate of reaction can be denoted by $-\frac{dA}{dT}\;or\;\frac{dB}{dt}$. State the significance of plus and minus signs in this case.

Ans. Rate of reaction is always positive. Minus sign indicates decrease in the concentration of the reactant, i.e., d[A] is –ve so that (–) × (–) = +ve. Plus sign indicates increase in the concentration of the product with time during the reaction. i.e., d[B] is +ve.

18. For the straight reaction,

X2(g) + 2Y2(g) ⟶ 2XY2(g), Write the rate equation in terms of disappearance of Y2.

Ans. Rate $=-\frac{1}{2}\frac{d\left [ Y_{2} \right ]}{dt}=k\left [ X_{2} \right ]\left [ Y_{2} \right ]^{2}$

(i) Rate of reaction is defined as the change in the concentration of any one of the reactants or products per unit time. Rate constant of a reaction is equal to the rate of reaction when concentration of each reactant is taken as 1 mol L–1.

(ii) (a) The rate of reaction will be doubled. (b) No effect on rate.

19. (i) Define Rate of reaction and rate constant.

(ii) The rate law for the reaction: Ester + H+ ⟶ Acid + Alcohol is: $\frac{dx}{dt}=k$ [Ester] [H+]0. What would be the effect on the rate if 

(a) concentration of the ester is doubled?

(b) concentration of H+ is doubled?

Ans. (i) Rate of reaction is defined as the change in the concentration of any one of the reactants or products per unit time. Rate constant of a reaction is equal to the rate of reaction when concentration of each reactant is taken as 1 mol L–1.

(ii) (a) The rate of reaction will be doubled. (b) No effect on rate.

20. For the reaction N2(g) + 3H2(g) ⟶ 2 NH3(g), 

If ∆[NH3]/∆t = 4 × 10–8 mol L–1 s–1 what is the value of –∆[H2]/∆t?


$\begin{array}{l}\text { Rate }=-\frac{1}{3} \frac{\Delta\left[\mathrm{H}_2\right]}{\Delta t}=+\frac{1}{2} \frac{\Delta\left[\mathrm{NH}_3\right]}{\Delta t} \\ \text { or }-\frac{\Delta\left[\mathrm{H}_2\right]}{\Delta t}=\frac{3}{2} \frac{\Delta\left[N H_3\right]}{\Delta t}=\frac{3}{2} \times 4 \times 10^{-8} \mathrm{~mol} \mathrm{~L}^{-1} \mathrm{~s}^{-1} \\ =6 \times 10^{-8} \mathrm{~mol} \mathrm{~L}^{-1} \mathrm{~s}^{-1}\end{array}$

Chemistry Class 12 Chemical Kinetics Notes - PDF Summary


Chemical Kinetics 

(Kinesis: Movement) 

The branch of chemistry which deals with the study of the rates of chemical reactions, the factors affecting the rates of the reactions and the mechanism by which the reactions proceed is called Chemical Kinetics. 

Classification of Reactions 

On the Basis of Rates: 

Very fast reactions e.g. precipitation of AgCl 

Very slow reactions e.g. rusting of iron 

Reactions taking place at moderate speeds e.g. hydrolysis of starch 

1. Rate of a Chemical Reaction 

The rate of a reaction can be defined as the change in concentration of a reactant or a product in unit time. 

1.1 Average Rate 

The rate of reaction measured over a definite time interval is called average rate of a reaction. Consider a hypothetical reaction, 

\[{\text{R}} \to {\text{P}}\] 

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$  {{\text{Average rate of reaction  =  }}\dfrac{{\left( {{\text{Decrease in concentration of R}}} \right){\text{ }}}}{{\left( {{\text{Time taken}}} \right)}}} \ {{\text{ =  }}\dfrac{{\left[ {\Delta {\text{R}}} \right]}}{{\Delta {\text{t}}}}} \\ $


$  {\text{Average rate of reaction  =  }}\dfrac{{\left( {{\text{Increase in concentration of P}}} \right){\text{ }}}}{{\left( {{\text{Time taken}}} \right)}} \ {\text{ =  }}\dfrac{{\left[ {\Delta {\text{P}}} \right]}}{{\Delta {\text{t}}}} \ \\ $

1.2 Instantaneous Rate 

Rate of change of concentration of any one of the reactants or products at that particular instant of time is called instantaneous rate. 


$ \Delta{t} \to {\text{0}} \ \\ $


$r_inst \ \text{= } \dfrac{-d\left [ R \right ]}{dt} \ \text{= } \dfrac{d\left [ P \right ]}{dt} \ \\$    

Important: Rate of a reaction is always positive. Since, [R] is a negative quantity (as concentration of reactants is decreasing), it is multiplied with –1 to make the rate of the reaction a positive quantity. 

1.3 Units of Rate of a Reaction 

Units of rate are concentration time–1 

e.g. \[{\text{mol }}{{\text{L}}^{{\text{-1}}}}{\text{s}}{{\text{ }}^{{\text{-1}}}}{\text{; atm }}{{\text{s}}^{{\text{-1}}}}\] (for gaseous reactions) 

1.4 Overall Rate of a Reaction 

When there are several reactants and products the individual rates of the various components may differ as they would depend on the stoichiometric coefficients. 

For a reaction, 

\[{\text{A  +  2B }} \to {\text{3C  +  4D}}\] 

Rate of disappearance of B = 2 × Rate of disappearance of A (2:1) 

Rate of formation of C = 3 × Rate of disappearance of A 


Rate of formation of D = 4 × Rate of disappearance of A 


To define a unique value for the overall rate of the reaction we divide the individual rates by the respective coefficients and equate their signs. 

${\text{Overall Rate  =  - A / t  =  }} \left( {{\text{-1/2}}} \right){\text{ B/ t  =  }}\left( {{\text{ + 1/3}}} \right){\text{ C/ t }} \ \\ $

${\text{ =  }}\left( {{\text{ + 1/4}}} \right){\text{ D / t}} \ \\ $   

2. Dependence of Rate nn Concentration 

Factors Influencing Rate of a Reaction 

 concentration of reactants (pressure in case of gases), 

 temperature and 


Dependence on Concentration: 

2.1 Rate Law 

Consider a general reaction 

\[{\text{aA  +  bB }} \to {\text{cC  +  dD}}\]

The rate expression for this reaction is 

\[{\text{Rate }} \propto {\text{ }}{\left[ {\text{A}} \right]^x}{\text{ }}{\left[ {\text{B}} \right]^y}\]

where exponents x and y may or may not be equal to the stoichiometric coefficients (a and b) of the reactants. 

${Rate = k \cdot \left [ A \right ] ^x \cdot \left [  B \right ] ^y} \ \\ $ 

$ - d\left[ R \right]/dt = k{\left[ {\text{A}} \right]^x}{\text{ }}{\left[ {\text{B}} \right]^y} \ \\$   

Above equation is known as differential rate equation, k is a proportionality constant called rate constant. 

Rate law is the expression in which reaction rate is given in terms of molar concentration of reactants with each term raised to some power, which may or may not be same as the stoichiometric coefficient of the reacting species in a balanced chemical equation. 


Rate law for any reaction cannot be predicted by merely looking at the balanced chemical equation, i.e., theoretically but must be determined experimentally. 

${2NO}_{\left ( g \right )} + {O_2}_{\left ( g \right )} \to \ {2NO_2}_{\left ( g \right )} \\$

$Rate = k \cdot {\left [ NO \right ]}^2 \cdot \left [ {O_2} \right ] \\ $

$CHCl_3 + Cl_2  \to CCl_4 + HCl \\$

$Rate = k \cdot {\left [ CHCl_3 \right ]}^2 \cdot {\left [ {Cl_2} \right ]}^{\dfrac{1}{2}} \\ $   

2.2 Order of a Reaction 

\[{\text{aA  +  bB }} \to {\text{cC  +  dD}}\] 

\[{\text{Rate}} = k{\left[ {\text{A}} \right]^x}{\left[ {\text{B}} \right]^y}\]

Sum of these exponents, i.e., x + y gives the overall order of a reaction where x and y represent the order with respect to the reactants A and B respectively. Hence, the sum of powers of the concentration of the reactants in the rate law expression is called the order of that chemical reaction. 

Order of a reaction can be 0, 1, 2, 3 and even a fraction. 

2.3 Units of Rate Constant 

\[{\text{Rate}} = k{\left[ {\text{A}} \right]^x}{\left[ {\text{B}} \right]^y}\]

\[k = \dfrac{{{\text{Rate}}}}{{{{\left[ {\text{A}} \right]}^x}{{\left[ {\text{B}} \right]}^y}}} = \dfrac{{{\text{concentration}}}}{{{\text{time}}}} \times \dfrac{1}{{{{\left( {{\text{concentration}}} \right)}^n}}}\]

3. Integrated Rate Equations 

3.1 Zero Order Reaction 

The rate of the reaction is proportional to zero power of the concentration of reactants. 

${\text{R}} \to {\text{P}} \ \\ $

${\text{Rate  =   - }}\dfrac{{\left[ {d{\text{R}}} \right]}}{{dt}} = k{\text{R}}^\circ  \ \\ $   

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Consider the reaction, 

${\text{R}} \to {\text{P}} \ \\ $

${\text{Rate}} =  - \dfrac{{d\left[ {\text{R}} \right]}}{{dt}}{\text{  =  }}k{\left[ {\text{R}} \right]^{{0}}}\; \ \\ $

${\text{Rate}} =  - \dfrac{{d\left[ {\text{R}} \right]}}{{dt}}{\text{  =  }}k \times 1 \ \\ $

$d\left[ {\text{R}} \right]{\text{ }} = -{\text{ }}kdt \ \\ $

Integrating both sides 

\[\left[ {\text{R}} \right] = -{\text{ }}kt + {\text{I}}\]

where, I is the constant of integration. 

At t = 0, the concentration of the reactant R = [R]0, where [R]0 is initial concentration of the reactant. 

Substituting in equation 

$  {{{\left[ {\text{R}} \right]}_{\text{0}}}{\text{  =  - k x 0  +  I}}} $

$  {{{\left[ {\text{R}} \right]}_{\text{0}}}{\text{  =  I}}}  $

Substituting the value of I in the equation 

\[\left[ {\text{R}} \right]{\text{  =  -kt  +  }}{\left[ {\text{R}} \right]_{\text{0}}}\]

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\[{\text{k}} = \dfrac{{\left( {{{\left[ {\text{R}} \right]}_0}} \right) - \left( {\left[ {\text{R}} \right]} \right)}}{t}\]


The decomposition of gaseous ammonia on a hot platinum surface at high pressure.

$2{\text{N}}{{\text{H}}_3}\left( g \right)\xrightarrow[{{\text{Pt catalyst}}}]{{{\text{1130 K}}}}{{\text{N}}_{\text{2}}}\left( g \right) + 3{{\text{H}}_{\text{2}}}\left( g \right) \ \\ $

${\text{Rate  =  k}}{\left[ {{\text{N}}{{\text{H}}_3}} \right]^0} \ \\ $

${\; \; \; \; \text{ =  k}} \ \\ $   

Thermal decomposition of HI on gold surface

3.2 First order 

The rate of the reaction is proportional to the first power of the concentration of the reactant R.

$ {\text{Rate  =  }}\dfrac{{{\text{ - d}}\left[ {\text{R}} \right]}}{{{\text{dt}}}} \\ $

$ \text{    =} k\left[ {\text{R}} \right] \\ $

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${\text{R}} \to {\text{P}} \\ $

${\text{Rate  =  }}\dfrac{{{\text{ - d}}\left[ {\text{R}} \right]}}{{{\text{dt}}}} = k\left[ {\text{R}} \right] \\ $

$  \dfrac{{{\text{ - d}}\left[ {\text{R}} \right]}}{{\left[ {\text{R}} \right]}} = k{\text{dt}} \\$

Integrating this equation, we get 

\[{\text{ln }}\left[ {\text{R}} \right]{\text{  =  -kt  +  I }}........{\text{ }}\left( {\text{1}} \right)\]

Again, I is the constant of integration and its value can be determined easily.

When \[{\text{t  =  0, R  =  }}{\left[ {\text{R}} \right]_{\text{0}}}{\text{,}}\]where \[{\left[ {\text{R}} \right]_{\text{0}}}\] is the initial concentration of the reactant. 

Therefore, equation can be written as 

$  {{\text{ln }}{{\left[ {\text{R}} \right]}_{\text{0}}}{\text{  =  - k x 0  +  I}}} $

$  {{\text{ln }}{{\left[ {\text{R}} \right]}_{\text{0}}}{\text{  =  I}}} $

Substituting the value of I in equation 

\[{\text{ln }}\left[ {\text{R}} \right]{\text{  =  -kt  +  ln }}{\left[ {\text{R}} \right]_{\text{0}}}{\text{ }}.........{\text{ }}\left( {\text{2}} \right)\]

Rearranging this equation 

$\ln \dfrac{{\left[ {\text{R}} \right]}}{{{{\left[ {\text{R}} \right]}_0}}} =  - kt \ \\ $


$k = \dfrac{1}{t}\ln \dfrac{{{{\left[ {\text{R}} \right]}_0}}}{{\left[ {\text{R}} \right]}} \cdots  \cdots \left( 3 \right) \ \\ $   

At time t1 from equation (2) 

\[{\text{ln }}{\left[ {\text{R}} \right]_1}{\text{  =  -k}}{{\text{t}}_1}{\text{  +  ln }}{\left[ {\text{R}} \right]_{\text{0}}}\]

At time t2 

\[{\text{ln }}{\left[ {\text{R}} \right]_2}{\text{  =  -k}}{{\text{t}}_2}{\text{  +  ln }}{\left[ {\text{R}} \right]_{\text{0}}}\]

where, \[{\left[ {\text{R}} \right]_{\text{1}}}{\text{and }}{\left[ {\text{R}} \right]_{\text{2}}}\]are the concentrations of the reactants at time \[{{\text{t}}_{\text{1}}}{\text{ and }}{{\text{t}}_{\text{2}}}\] respectively. 


${\text{ln }}{\left[ {\text{R}} \right]_{\text{1}}}{\text{- ln}}{\left[ {\text{R}} \right]_{\text{2}}}{\text{  =  - k}}{{\text{t}}_{\text{1}}}{\text{ - }}\left( {{\text{-k}}{{\text{t}}_{\text{2}}}} \right) \ \\ $

$ {\text{ln }}\dfrac{{{{\left[ {\text{R}} \right]}_{\text{1}}}}}{{{{\left[ {\text{R}} \right]}_{\text{2}}}}} = {\text{k}}\left( {{{\text{t}}_{\text{2}}}{\text{ - }}{{\text{t}}_{\text{1}}}} \right) \ \\ $

\[{\text{k}} = \dfrac{1}{{\left( {{{\text{t}}_{\text{2}}}{\text{ - }}{{\text{t}}_{\text{1}}}} \right)}}{\text{ln }}\dfrac{{{{\left[ {\text{R}} \right]}_{\text{1}}}}}{{{{\left[ {\text{R}} \right]}_{\text{2}}}}}\]

Comparing equation (2) with y = mx + c, if we plot In [R] against t, we get a straight line with slope = –k and intercept equal to ln [R]0

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The first order rate equation (3) can also be written in the form

$ k = \dfrac{{2.303}}{t}\log \dfrac{{{{\left[ {\text{R}} \right]}_0}}}{{\left[ {\text{R}} \right]}} \ \\ $

$\log \dfrac{{{{\left[ {\text{R}} \right]}_0}}}{{\left[ {\text{R}} \right]}} = \dfrac{{kt}}{{2.303}} \ \\ $

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3.3 Half-Life of a Reaction 

The half-life of a reaction is the time in which the concentration of a reactant is reduced to one half of its initial concentration. 

Represented as: ${t}_{1/2}$

 For a zero order reaction, rate constant is given by equation.

\[k = \dfrac{{\left [ R \right ]}_0 - {\left [ R \right ]}_t}{t}\]

At $t = t_{1/2}, \ \left [ R \right ] \ = \ \dfrac{1}{2} {\left [ R \right ]}_0$

The rate constant at ${t}_{1/2}$ becomes

$k = \dfrac{{\left [ R \right ]}_0 - \dfrac{{\left [ R \right ]}_0}{2} }{t_{1/2}}$

$t_{1/2} = \dfrac{{\left [ R \right ]}_0}{2k}$

For the first order reaction,

\[k = \dfrac{{2.303}}{t}\log \dfrac{{{{\left[ {\text{R}} \right]}_0}}}{{\left[ {\text{R}} \right]}}\]

At half time, \[\left[ {\text{R}} \right] = \dfrac{{{{\left[ {\text{R}} \right]}_0}}}{2}\]

So, the above equation becomes

$k= \dfrac{2.303}{t_{1/2}} \log{\dfrac{{\left [ R \right ]}_0}{{\left [ R \right ]}/2}}$

Or $t_{1/2}= \dfrac{2.303}{k} \log 2$

${t}_{1/2} = \dfrac{2.303}{k} \times 0.301$

$t_{1/2}= \dfrac{0.693}{k}$

3.4 Pseudo First Order Reactions 

Reactions which are not truly of the first order but under certain conditions become reactions of the first order. e.g.

${\text{C}}{{\text{H}}_{\text{3}}}{\text{COO}}{{\text{C}}_{\text{2}}}{{\text{H}}_{\text{5}}}{\text{  +  }}{{\text{H}}_{\text{2}}}{\text{O }}\xrightarrow{{{{\text{H}}^ + }}}{\text{C}}{{\text{H}}_{\text{3}}}{\text{COOH  +  }}{{\text{C}}_{\text{2}}}{{\text{H}}_{\text{5}}}{\text{OH }} \ \\ $

${\text{Rate  =  k }}\left[ {{\text{C}}{{\text{H}}_{\text{3}}}{\text{COO}}{{\text{C}}_{\text{2}}}{{\text{H}}_{\text{5}}}} \right]\left[ {{{\text{H}}_{\text{2}}}{\text{O}}} \right] \ \\ $

The concentration of water does not get altered much during the course of the reaction. So, in the rate equation the term \[\left[ {{{\text{H}}_{\text{2}}}{\text{O}}} \right]\] can be taken as constant.

${\text{Rate  =  k}}\left[ {{\text{CH3 COOC2H5 }}} \right]{\text{ }} \ {\text{;where kn  =  k }}\left[ {{\text{H2O}}} \right]{\text{ }} \ \\ $

${\text{Cane Sugar/Glucose/Fructose: H C H O H O C H O C H O }} \ \\ $

${\text{Rate  =  k }}\left[ {{\text{C12H22O11}}} \right] \ \\ $

3.5 Practical Analysis of First Order Reactions 

  • Case - 1: 

In gaseous phase reactions we prefer to measure the pressure of the gases or volume. For example the following reactions : 

 For a first order gas phase reaction of the type: 

\[{\text{A}}\left( {\text{g}} \right) \to {\text{ B}}\left( {\text{g}} \right){\text{  +  C}}\left( {\text{g}} \right)\]

Let \[{p_i}\] be the initial pressure of A and pt the total pressure at time ‘t’. 

Integrated rate equation for such a reaction can be derived as: 

Total pressure \[{{\text{p}}_{\text{t}}}{\text{  =  }}{{\text{p}}_{\text{A}}}{\text{  +  }}{{\text{p}}_{\text{B}}}{\text{  +  }}{{\text{p}}_{\text{C}}}\] (pressure units) pA , pB and pC are the partial pressures of A, B and C, respectively. If x atm be the decrease in pressure of A at time t and one mole each of B and C is being formed, the increase in pressure of B and C will also be x atm each.

$  {\text{                   A}}\left( {\text{g}} \right) \to {\text{ B}}\left( {\text{g}} \right){\text{  +  C}}\left( {\text{g}} \right) \ \\ $

${\text{At t  =  0       }}{{\text{p}}_{\text{i}}}{\text{ atm         0 atm    0 atm}} \ \\ $

${\text{At time t     }}\left( {{{\text{p}}_{\text{i}}}{\text{ - x}}} \right){\text{ atm    x atm    x atm}} \ \\ $

${\text{where, }}{{\text{p}}_{\text{i}}}{\text{ is the initial pressure at time t  =  0}}{\text{. }} \ \\ $

${{\text{p}}_{\text{t}}}{\text{  =  }}\left( {{{\text{p}}_{\text{i}}}{\text{ - x}}} \right){\text{  +  x  +  x  =  pi  +  x }} \ \\ $

$ {\text{x    =  }}\left( {{{\text{p}}_{\text{t}}}{\text{ - }}{{\text{p}}_{\text{i}}}{\text{ }}} \right){\text{ }} \ \\ $

${{\text{p}}_{\text{A}}}{\text{  =  }}{{\text{p}}_{\text{i}}}{\text{ - x  =  }}{{\text{p}}_{\text{i}}}{\text{ - }}\left( {{{\text{p}}_{\text{t}}}{\text{ - }}{{\text{p}}_{\text{i}}}} \right){\text{ }} \ \\ $

${\text{       =  2}}{{\text{p}}_{\text{i}}}{\text{ - }}{{\text{p}}_{\text{t}}} \ \\ $ 

$ k = \left( {\dfrac{{2.303}}{t}} \right)\left( {\log \dfrac{{{{\text{p}}_{\text{i}}}}}{{{{\text{p}}_{\text{A}}}}}} \right) \ \\ $

$= \left( {\dfrac{{2.303}}{t}} \right)\left( {\log \dfrac{{{{\text{p}}_{\text{i}}}}}{{\left( {{\text{2}}{{\text{p}}_{\text{i}}} - {{\text{p}}_{\text{i}}}} \right)}}} \right) \ \\ $   

 For a first order gas phase reaction of the type :

\[{\text{A}}\left( s \right) \to {\text{ B}}\left( s \right){\text{  +  C}}\left( g \right)\]

The data given to us is:

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If we have to find the expression for k or verify that its a first order reaction then we will use the expression for k:

\[\ln \dfrac{a}{{a - x}} = kt\]

But we don’t know the values for a or a – x but we can find the above ratio by relating the given data with concentration values. 

For gases, P \[ \propto \] number of moles

$A_{\left ( s \right )} \ \to \ B_{\left ( s \right )} \ + \ C_{\left ( g \right )}$

$  {t = 0} \ \ \ a \ \ \ 0 \ \ \ 0 \\ $

$  {t = t} \ \ \ {a - x} \ \ \ x \ \ \ x \\ $

$  {t = \infty } \ \ \ 0 \ \ \ a \ \ \ a \\ $

Now we can write;

${{\text{P}}_{\text{t}}}{\text{ }} \propto {\text{x }} \ \\ $

${{\text{P}}_\infty } \propto a \ \\ $

${{\text{P}}_\infty }{\text{ - }}{{\text{P}}_{\text{t}}}{\text{ }} \propto {\text{a - x }} \ \\ $

${\text{a/}}\left( {{\text{a - x}}} \right){\text{  =  }}{{\text{P}}_\infty }{\text{ /}}\left( {{{\text{P}}_\infty }{\text{ - }}{{\text{P}}_{\text{t}}}{\text{ }}} \right) \ \\ $  

Now we can substitute this into the expression for k. 

\[k{\text{ }} = {\text{ }}\left( {1/t} \right)\ln \left[ {{P_\infty }/\left( {{P_\infty }-{\text{ }}{P_t}} \right)} \right]\]

The above expression can be used to evaluate the value of k from the pressure data and also verify that the reaction is of first order by checking 2-3 data points. In the above analysis the expression would have been same for the following reactions as well as the constants will cancel out.

\[{\text{A}}\left( s \right) \to {\text{ B}}\left( s \right){\text{  +  2C}}\left( g \right)\]
And the results will be same if the similar data is given in terms of volume. \[{\text{A}}\left( s \right) \to 2{\text{B}}\left( g \right){\text{  +  C}}\left( g \right)\]

  • Case 2: 

If one of reactants is titrated with a red/ox reagent: 

Suppose we have a reaction of the type:

\[{\text{A}} \to {\text{B}} + {\text{C}}\]

And suppose we detect the amount of A left by titrating it with some reagent and volume of that reagent reacting with the left over A is given at different time intervals:

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Now the volume of the reagent will be proportional to the moles of A present. Therefore:

${V_0}{\text{ }} \propto {\text{ }}a{\text{ }} \ \\ $

${V_t}{\text{ }} \propto {\text{ }}a{\text{ }}-{\text{ }}x \ \\ $

We can evaluate k:

\[{k_t} = \ln \left( {{V_0}/{V_t}} \right)\]

If the same reagent reacts with all the reactants and products:

${V_0}{\text{ }} \propto {\text{ }}a{\text{ }} \ \\ $

$ {V_t}{\text{ }} \propto {\text{ }}a{\text{ }} + {\text{ }}x{\text{ }} \ \\ $

$2{V_0}{\text{ }}-{\text{ }}{V_t}{\text{ }} \propto {\text{ }}a{\text{ }}-{\text{ }}x{\text{ }} \ \\ $

$kt{\text{ }} = {\text{ }}ln{\text{ }}\left( {{V_0}{\text{ }}/2{V_0}{\text{ }}-{\text{ }}{V_t}{\text{ }}} \right) \ \\ $ 

3.6 Practical Methods of Determining Order of a Reaction 

  1. Initial Rate Data Method: 

We take different set of initial concentration and measure the initial rate. Then by keeping the concentration of one of the reactants constant and varying the other one we can study the effect on the rate and hence find out the order. 

  1. Logarithmic Data Method: 

For any order, be it fractional or integral, if we plot log (rate) vs log (concentration) graph it will always be a straight line for the reactions of the type: 

$ {{\text{A}} \to {\text{products}}} \\ $

$ {{\text{Rate, r  =  k}}{{\left[ {\text{A}} \right]}^{\text{n}}}} \\ $

$ {{\text{log r  =  log k  +  n log }}\left[ {\text{A}} \right]} \\ $

We can take various data points and convert them to log values and plot them. We will obtain a straight line after curve-fitting with slope n and intercept log k. And hence we can find out the order and rate constant from the graph.

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  1. Half Life Method: 

If we take various concentrations of reactant and measure half life for all of them then we can find out the order of the reaction by mere observation or with the help of some calculations.

$t_{1/2} = {[A]_{0}}^{1-n}$

If simple observation is not possible then we can calculate the order of the reaction by taking two data points and using log for calculating n. 

  1. By integrated rate Equations:

If we have simple data of concentration and time we can use the integrated rate equations to find out the order. For this we will have to try and fit the data into the equation at various intervals and calculate the value of rate constants. If the values come out to be the same in all intervals then the data fits into the equation taken and we will know the order. For example, we have the following data: 

$  {{\text{Time: 0     }}{{\text{t}}_{\text{1}}}{\text{   }}{{\text{t}}_{\text{2}}}{\text{    }}{{\text{t}}_{\text{3}}}{\text{ }}.......{\text{ t}}} \\ $

$  {{\text{Conc: }}{{\text{A}}_{\text{0}}}{\text{ }}{{\text{A}}_{\text{1}}}{\text{ }}{{\text{A}}_{\text{2}}}{\text{  }}{{\text{A}}_{\text{3}}}{\text{ }}.......{{\text{A}}_{\text{t}}}} \\ $

And if we assume that it can be of first order then we will calculate the values of k at minimum three data points by using the equation for first order: 

\[\left( {{\text{1/t}}} \right){\text{ ln }}\left( {{{\text{A}}_{\text{0}}}{\text{/}}{{\text{A}}_{\text{t}}}} \right){\text{  =  k}}\]

Let these values be \[{k_1},{\text{ }}{k_2}{\text{ and }}{k_3}.{\text{ If }}{k_1} = {k_2} = {k_3}\] then it means that this data fits into the above equation hence the order is 1. If it doesn’t we will have to try other equations as well.  

  1. Isolation Method: 

In this method we try and eliminate one of the two reactants from the rate equation by taking it in excess. What happens is when the amount of a reactant is in excess its effect on the rate becomes marginal or negligible and then we can vary the concentration of the other reactant and observe its effect on rate and find out the order. 

4. Molecularity And Mechanism 

4.1 Molecularity

 The number of reacting species (atoms, ions or molecules) taking part in an elementary reaction, which must collide simultaneously in order to bring about a chemical reaction is called molecularity of a reaction. 

Classification of reactions on the basis of Molecularity: 

Unimolecular Reactions: when one reacting species is involved, for example, decomposition of ammonium nitrite. 

\[{\text{N}}{{\text{H}}_{\text{4}}}{\text{N}}{{\text{O}}_{\text{2}}} \to {\text{}}{{\text{N}}_{\text{2}}}{\text{  +  2}}{{\text{H}}_{\text{2}}}{\text{O}}\]

Bimolecular Reactions: involve simultaneous collision between two species, for example, dissociation of hydrogen iodide. 

\[{\text{2HI}} \to {{\text{H}}_{\text{2}}}{\text{  +  }}{{\text{I}}_{\text{2}}}\]

 Trimolecular or Termolecular Reactions: involve simultaneous collision between three reacting species, for example, 

\[{\text{2NO  +  }}{{\text{O}}_{\text{2}}} \to {\text{2N}}{{\text{O}}_{\text{2}}}\]

Reactions with molecularity greater than three are very rare. 

4.2 Mechanism 

The reactions taking place in one step are called elementary reactions. When a sequence of elementary reactions (called mechanism) gives us the products, the reactions are called complex reactions. The different steps in which the complex reaction takes place is called the mechanism of the reaction. 

Rate Determining Step: 

The overall rate of the reaction is controlled by the slowest step in a reaction called the rate determining step. A complex reaction can be represented as a series of elementary steps. 

For example 

\[{\text{2N}}{{\text{O}}_{\text{2}}}\left( {\text{g}} \right){\text{ +  }}{{\text{F}}_{\text{2}}}\left( {\text{g}} \right){\text{}} \to {\text{2N}}{{\text{O}}_{\text{2}}}{\text{F}}\left( {\text{g}} \right)\]

Experimentally, Rate of reaction \[{\text{ =  k}}\left[ {{\text{N}}{{\text{O}}_{\text{2}}}} \right]\left[ {{{\text{F}}_{\text{2}}}} \right]\] 

Probable Mechanism: 


\[{\text{N}}{{\text{O}}_{\text{2}}}{\text{  +  N}}{{\text{O}}_{\text{2}}} \to {\text{NO  +  N}}{{\text{O}}_{\text{3}}}{\text{ }}\left( {{\text{slow}}} \right)\]


\[{\text{N}}{{\text{O}}_{\text{3}}}{\text{  +  CO}} \to {\text{N}}{{\text{O}}_{\text{2}}}{\text{  +  C}}{{\text{O}}_{\text{2}}}\left( {{\text{fast}}} \right)\]

Slow step: bimolecular 

Hence, a bimolecular reaction.

Reaction Intermediates: There are some species which are formed during the course of the reaction but do not appear in the overall reaction. They are called reaction intermediates. 

e.g. NO3 in the above example. 

Distintion Between Order and Molecularity of a Reaction 


  1. Order is the sum of the powers of the concentration of the reactants in the rate law expression. 

  2. It can be zero and even a fraction. 

  3. It is applicable to elementary as well as complex reactions. 

  4. It can be determined experimentally only and cannot be calculated. 

  5. For complex reaction, order is given by the slowest step. 


  1. Molecularity is the number of reacting species taking part in an elementary reaction, which must collide simultaneously in order to bring about a chemical reaction. 

  2. It cannot be zero or a non integer. 

  3. It is applicable only for elementary reactions. For complex reaction molecularity has no meaning. 

  4. It can be calculated by simply adding the molecules of the slowest step. 

  5. Generally, molecularity of the slowest step is same as the order of the overall reaction. 

5. Temperature Dependence 

5.1 Activation Energy 

According to collision theory, a reaction takes place because the reactant molecules collide with each other. The minimum energy which the colliding molecules must have in order that the collision between them may be effective is called threshold energy. The minimum extra amount of energy absorbed by the reactant molecules so that their energy becomes equal to threshold value is called activation energy.

Threshold energy = Activation energy + Energy possessed by the reactants 

Less is the activation energy, faster is the reaction. In order that the reactants may change into products, they have to cross an energy barrier (corresponding to threshold energy). Reactant molecules absorb energy and form an intermediate called activated complex which immediately dissociates to form the products.

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5.2 Temperature Dependence of the Rate of a Reaction 

For a chemical reaction with rise in temperature by 10°, the rate constant is nearly doubled. Temperature coefficient = (Rate constant at T + 100) / (Rate constant at T0


At a particular temperature, if fractions of molecules are plotted versus corresponding kinetic energies, a graph of the type shown is obtained. The peak of the curve represents the kinetic energy possessed by the maximum fraction of molecules and is called most probable kinetic energy.

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With Increase in Temperature: 

(i) Maximum of the curve moves to the higher energy value i.e., most probable kinetic energy increases 

(ii) the curve spreads to the right i.e., there is a greater proportion of molecules with much higher energies.

The area under the curve remains constant since total probability must be one at all times. At (t + 10), the area showing the fraction of molecules having energy equal to or greater than activation energy gets doubled leading to doubling the rate of a reaction. 

Arrhenius Equation 

Quantatively, the temperature dependence of the rate of a chemical reaction can be explained by Arrhenius equation 

$k = A{e^{ - \frac{E_a}{RT}}}$

where A is the Arrhenius factor or the frequency factor or pre-exponential factor. R is gas constant and $E_a$ is activation energy measured in joules/mole. The factor ${e^{ - \frac{E_a}{RT}}}$ corresponds to the fraction of molecules that have kinetic energy greater than $E_a$. Thus, it has been found from Arrhenius equation that increasing the temperature or decreasing the activation energy will result in an increase in the rate of the reaction and an exponential increase in the rate constant. Taking natural logarithm of both sides of equation

$\ln k = \ln{Ae^{ - \frac{E_a}{RT}}}$

Solving the equation further:

$\ln k = \ln(A) + \ln\left( e^{ - \frac{E_a}{RT}} \right )$

$\ln k = \ln(A) + \left(-\dfrac{E_a}{RT}\right) = \ln(A) - \left(\dfrac{E_a}{R}\right)\left(\dfrac{1}{T}\right)$

The plot of $\ln k$ vs $\dfrac{1}{T}$ gives a straight line with slope 

The logarithmic version of the Arrhenius equation for a chemical reaction at two distinct temperatures $T_1$ and $T_2$, with corresponding rate constants $k_1$ and $k_2$, is:

$\ln k_1 = \ln(A) - \dfrac{E_a}{RT_1}$

$\ln k_2 = \ln(A) - \dfrac{E_a}{RT_2}$

Therefore, the entire equation can be simplified as follows:

$\ln \dfrac{k_1}{k_2} = - \dfrac{E_a}{R}\left(\dfrac{1}{T_1} - \dfrac{1}{T_2}\right)$

6. Effect of Catalyst 

A catalyst is a substance which alters the rate of a reaction without itself undergoing any permanent chemical change.

Action of the catalyst 

According to intermediate complex theory, reactants first combine with catalyst to form intermediate complex which then decomposes to form the products and regenerating the catalyst.

Effect of Catalyst on Activation Energy

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Catalyst provides an alternate pathway by reducing the activation energy between reactants and products and hence lowering the potential energy barrier.

Important Characteristics of Catalyst:

  A small amount of the catalyst can catalyse a large amount of reactants. 

 A catalyst does not alter Gibbs energy, G of a reaction. 

 It catalyses the spontaneous reactions but does not catalyse non-spontaneous reactions. 

 A catalyst does not change the equilibrium constant of a reaction rather, it helps in attaining the equilibrium faster. 

7. Collision Theory Of Chemical Reactions 

According to this theory, the reactant molecules are assumed to be hard spheres and reaction is postulated to occur when molecules collide with each other. Rate of reaction depends on the number of effective collisions which in turn depends on: 

(i) Energy Factor: Colliding molecules must have energy more than threshold energy. 

(ii) Steric or Probability Factor (P): Colliding molecules must have proper orientations at the time of collision. Thus, the Arrhenius equation is modified to

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When it comes to a special type of kinetic behaviour, mainly the first order, the half-life is independent of the chemical's initial amount. A typical example is radioactive substances such as Uranium-238, which, if you measure, has 4.5 billion years of decaying half-life. This period is too long. As a result, the reaction with the Uranium doesn't depend on the half-life. 

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1. What is the activation energy of a reaction?

Think of activation energy as an extra effort that you need to put in yourself to get up from bed on a day that has a lot of fun things to offer to you. The activation energy of any given chemical reaction is the same kind of energy you need to get up from the bed. 

Even the reactions releasing the energy in one way or the other require some activation energy before starting its energy-releasing steps. As a result, the initial energy input, which can be later paid back as the reaction moves forward, is called the activation energy of a given chemical reaction.

2. How can you define the order of reaction, and why is it important?

When it comes to a reaction taking place, a reaction order is the one thing that plays a vital role. It is the power dependence of rate on the concentration of all reactants. If you look for the first-order reaction, it depends solely on the single species of the concentration present in the reaction. 

On the other hand, the reaction order of chemicals or mixtures represents the number of species whose concentration directly affects the reaction rate. Moreover, the reaction's order is not dependent on the stoichiometric coefficients, which correspond to each species in a given balanced reaction. With ch 4 chemistry class 12 notes, you will be studying different reactions and how they are dependent on species.

3. Why is chemical kinetics important?

Chemical Kinetics is a part of Chemistry that focuses on the rate of chemical reactions and their mechanisms. This is different from Thermodynamics as Thermodynamics only focuses on the feasibility of chemical reactions. Chemical Kinetics not only tells us the rate of a chemical reaction but also helps in identifying the conditions under which the rate of chemical reactions can alter. The effect of factors like temperature, concentration, catalyst, and pressure on the reaction rate is studied. To understand Chemical Kinetics in-depth, visit Vedantu app or website.

4. What is the significance of the reaction order?

The order of a reaction is the sum of the powers of the concentrations of the reactants used in the expression of the law of rate. It is important as it tells us the level of sensitivity of the rate to any change in the concentration of reactants. For example, to calculate the order of rate $= k A^x B^y$, you need to add x and y, which stands for how sensitive the rate is to any change in concentration. 

5. Can the order of a reaction be zero?

Yes, the order of reaction, which expresses the level of sensitivity to any change in the level of concentration of reactants, can be zero. A zero-order of reaction would mean that there is no change in the rate of reaction even after any alteration in the concentration levels of the reactants. Hence, an order of reaction which is zero implies that the rate of a chemical reaction is independent of the level of concentration of the reactants. 

6. When can a reaction be unimolecular?

The Molecularity of a chemical reaction can be understood as the total number of reacting species, ions, atoms, or molecules, that take part in an elementary reaction colliding simultaneously against one another to make a chemical reaction take place. A reaction can be called a unimolecular reaction when only one reacting species is involved in the chemical reaction. For example, in the decomposition of $NH_4NO_2 (\text{ammonium nitrite}) \to N_2 + 2H_2O$, we can see that there is one reacting species ie. $NH_4NO_2$

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