Problem: Temperature dependence of the rate constant for methyl isonitrile conversion to acetonitrile.Would you expect this curve to eventually go back down to lower values? Why or why not?

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We're asked to determine and explain if the curve will eventually go back down to lower values based on the plot that shows the temperature dependence of the rate constant for methyl isonitrile conversion to acetonitrile.


Recall that the temperature is the measure of the average kinetic energy


From the given plot, we can see that the rate constant, k is dependent on Temperature.

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A graph shows a J-shaped curve for the reaction CH3NC goes to CH3CN. The x-axis is temperature (degrees C), ranging from 180 to 250 with intervals of 10. The y-axis is k (s-1), ranging from 1 times 10 -3  to  3 x 10-3 with one interval at 2 times 10-3.


Temperature dependence of the rate constant for methyl isonitrile conversion to acetonitrile.


Would you expect this curve to eventually go back down to lower values? Why or why not?