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Touch-Initiated Reaction of Nitrogen Triiodide as a Template for Activation Energy Classroom Discussions.

@article{Short2017TouchInitiatedRO,
  title={Touch-Initiated Reaction of Nitrogen Triiodide as a Template for Activation Energy Classroom Discussions.},
  author={Duncan Short},
  journal={The School science review},
  year={2017},
  volume={98},
  pages={41-46}
}
  • D. Short
  • Published 1 March 2017
  • Physics, Chemistry
  • The School science review
Activation energies form an energy barrier to a chemical reaction taking place. Simple collision theory, i.e. that particles need to collide to react, would suggest that activation energy is the energy needed to overcome a coulombic barrier provided by the negatively charged electrons contained within energy shells surrounding an atomic nucleus. Deriving activation energy from experiment is usually beyond the school curriculum. What can be demonstrated, however, is an almost barrierless…