Does Temperature Effect Reaction Time?


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Yes! As temperature increases, molecules are in a more excited state by the increased kinetic energy they have. A reaction depends on molecules colliding with enough force, at the right angle, and at the right orientation (facing the right way) for them to 'stick' (or react) with one another (called 'Collision Theory'). Higher energy means faster molecules, and faster molecules means bumping into each other in just the right conditions at a faster pace.

In short, a good rule of thumb is for every increase of 10°C, you can usually expect your reaction rate to double.

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