Chemical kinetics is the study of reaction rates, activation energy and catalysts.  Watch this webinar to learn how to derive rate laws from experimental data or a rate determining step.  We will also review the difference between transition state and intermediate, between a kinetic product and thermodynamic product.  There will be some overlaps with enzyme kinetics as well as thermodynamics and equilibrium.

At a glance


Essential skills

  • Determine rate laws from elementary steps and steps with intermediates

  • Determine rate laws from experimental data

  • Apply chemical kinetics to enzyme kinetics and nucleophilic substitution (orgo!)


Knowledge Fundamentals

  • Kinetics vs. thermodynamics

  • Transition state vs. intermediate

  • Arrhenius equation

  • Boltzmann distribution

  • Rate constants and rate orders

  • Effects of catalysts


On the MCAT

  • There will not be many pure kinetics questions on the test but kinetics permeates how we think about rates in biochemistry and organic chemistry

  • Deducing rate laws from experimental data does not require intensive math but does require a steady and quick eye for powers.


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