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Updated: 5/5/2020
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  • When two reactants are placed with each other, the molecules move around rapidly and bump into each other.
  • However, in order for them to react, they must collide at a specific speed (energy) and in the correct orientation. In this case, they are able to exchange a molecule if the collision is successful.
  • Since the orientation and speed of molecules is random, catalysts like this one can help increase the reaction rate.
  • When poured into a solution with two reactants...
  • the catalyst orients the molecules and lowers the energy required for them to react and exchange the molecule.
  • This allows the reaction to happen much faster, as most reactions will not depend on chance in order to occur anymore.
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