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Ch 13: Kinetics - AP Chemistry: Homeschool Curriculum

About This Chapter

The Kinetics unit of this AP Chemistry Homeschool course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about kinetics and its role in chemical reactions. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons, and keep students engaged.

Who's it for?

This unit of our AP Chemistry Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about kinetics and its role in chemical reactions. There is no faster or easier way to learn about kinetics. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn collision theory, rate laws, rate constants, and reaction mechanisms.
  • Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
  • Homeschool parents who need a chemistry curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
  • Gifted students and students with learning differences.

How it works:

  • Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
  • Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
  • Short quizzes and a kinetics unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

Kinetics Unit Objectives:

  • Describe a chemical reaction and the factors that can influence its rate.
  • Discuss rate laws and the rate constant.
  • Explain what happens to the rate of a chemical reaction as temperature changes.
  • Outline the collision theory as it relates to varying rates for different kinds of chemical reactions.
  • Understand the relationship between activation energy and reaction energy.
  • Explore rate mechanisms.
  • Explain how the rate determining step affects related rate laws.
  • Show how to apply kinetics to forward and reverse directions of a reaction.

7 Lessons in Chapter 13: Kinetics - AP Chemistry: Homeschool Curriculum
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Rate of a Chemical Reaction: Modifying Factors

1. Rate of a Chemical Reaction: Modifying Factors

Why are some reactions much faster than others? Is it possible to change how fast a reaction occurs? In this lesson, you will learn what the rate of a chemical reaction is. You will also discover how factors such as temperature, concentration, surface area, and catalysts impact reaction rates.

Rate Constant and Rate Laws

2. Rate Constant and Rate Laws

Learn what the rate law is and how the rate constant relates to it. Learn what reaction order is and how to determine reaction order when given experimental data containing concentration and reaction rate.

Rate of a Chemical Reaction: Effect of Temperature

3. Rate of a Chemical Reaction: Effect of Temperature

Learn how temperature affects reaction rates. Discover the rate law as well as how the Arrhenius equation relates to the rate law and predicts the effect of temperature on the rate of reaction.

Collision Theory: Definition & Significance

4. Collision Theory: Definition & Significance

This lesson will define and explain collision theory and explore how it is related to chemical reactions and reaction rates. So if you've ever wondered how two particles combine to form a new product, read on!

Activation Energy and Catalysts

5. Activation Energy and Catalysts

Learn how to define activation energy and how it relates to a reaction's energy. Learn what an activated complex is and where it fits into an activation energy diagram. Discover how a catalyst works to change the activation energy of a reaction and what this means to metabolism in the body.

Reaction Mechanisms and The Rate Determining Step

6. Reaction Mechanisms and The Rate Determining Step

This lesson explores what a reaction mechanism is and how it relates to the speed of a reaction. You'll discover how to pinpoint the rate-determining step and learn how to write a rate law based on the rate-determining step.

Chemical Kinetics, Reaction Rate Constant & Equilibrium Constant

7. Chemical Kinetics, Reaction Rate Constant & Equilibrium Constant

Are formulas, rate constants, and chemical reactions getting you down? Don't worry, this lesson will explain how reaction rate and equilibrium constants are related to chemical reactions.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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