Posts Tagged ‘intrinsic reaction coordinate’

Curly arrow pushing: another reality check.

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

Two years ago, I discussed how curly arrow pushing is taught, presenting four different ways of showing the arrows. One of the comments posted to that blog suggested that all of the schemes shown below were deficient in one aspect.


Anatomy of a simple reaction: the hydration of an alkene.

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

The hydration of an alkene by an acid is one of those fundamental reactions, taught early on in most chemistry courses. What can quantum mechanics teach us about the mechanism of the reaction?