6. Kinetics, Equilibria, and Electrochemistry

  1. Robert M. Metzger

Published Online: 19 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118195598.ch6

The Physical Chemist's Toolbox

The Physical Chemist's Toolbox

How to Cite

Metzger, R. M. (2012) Kinetics, Equilibria, and Electrochemistry, in The Physical Chemist's Toolbox, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118195598.ch6

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 MAR 2012
  2. Published Print: 30 MAR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470889251

Online ISBN: 9781118195598



  • kinetics, equilibria, and electrochemistry;
  • reaction types, first-, second-, or third-order;
  • Laplace transforms, solving kinetics equations


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Energetics, Reaction Coordinate, Transition States, Intermediates, and Catalysis

  • Classification of Reaction Types

  • First-Order and Unimolecular Reactions

  • Second-Order (Unmixed) and Unmixed Bimolecular Reactions

  • Second-Order (Mixed) and Mixed Bimolecular Reactions

  • Third-Order (Unmixed) and Unmixed Termolecular Reactions

  • Reversible Reactions

  • Consecutive Reactions

  • The Steady-State Approximation and the Rate-Determining Step

  • Approximation Methods: The Michaelis–Menten Equation

  • Chain Reactions. The Reaction of Hydrogen and Bromine at High Temperature

  • Using Laplace Transforms to Solve Kinetics Equations

  • Reaction Rate Theories and Energy Surfaces

  • Marcus Theory of Electron Transfer

  • Equilibria in Aqueous Solution. PH

  • Equilibria in Nonaqueous Solvents

  • Lewis Acids and Lewis Bases

  • Electrochemistry. Electrode Potentials, and the Nernst Equation

  • Gouy–Chapman Double-Layer Theory

  • Nernst–Planck and Cottrell Equations

  • Further Reading

  • References