We need to use the two-point form of the Arrhenius Equation:
where k1 = rate constant at T1
k2 = rate constant at T2
Ea = activation energy (in J/mol)
R = gas constant (8.314 J/mol•K)
T1 and T2 = temperature (in K)
Solving for Ea:
The rate constant for the decomposition of acetaldehyde, CH3CHO, to methane, CH4, and carbon monoxide, CO, in the gas phase is 1.1 × 10−2 L/mol/s at 703 K and 4.95 L/mol/s at 865 K. Determine the activation energy for this decomposition.
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