Reaction Mechanisms

Why do chemical reactions move at different rates? Chemistry scholars examine the intricate workings of reaction mechanisms with a video from the JFR Science playlist. They watch as the narrator diagrams reaction intermediates and activation energy for a variety of chemical reactions.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Have the class describe in steps how to make a hamburger, then use their explanation as a model to help them describe reaction mechanisms
  • After the video, work a few examples together to ensure pupils are on the right track
Classroom Considerations
  • Viewers should have prior knowledge of reaction diagrams and balanced chemical equations before getting into reaction mechanisms
Pros
  • Provides an excellent demonstration of how catalysts affect chemical reactions
  • Interesting examples keep learners focused and engaged
Cons
  • None
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