Science Fair Projects

Temperature's Effect on the Collision Rate Factor


The objective: I wanted to do something useful for society. I had no trouble choosing a topic, as my head is always full of questions. Being more interested in chemical kinetics, I went beyond the ordinary high school textbook, and found the Arrhenius Equation. The Arrhenius Equation inspired me to see if there was an equation for the Z-collision rate factor (a variable in the Arrhenius Equation). I had a feeling that somehow Z and temperature were related, and hypothesized a directly proportionality between Z and temperature. I prepared my procedures accordingly.


I used HCl and NaOH at dilute concentrations and small volumes for safety and to conserve resource. I used a pH probe, a magnetic stirrer, and a CBL. (I used the CBL to collect and to transfer the data to a TI 82) There were many challenges at first, things that seem as insignificant as how fast you pour the NaOH or where you pour it had a drastic effect on the data.


In the end, I obtained data for 10oC, 23oC, 40oC, 60oC. Data were in the form of pH over time, so I had to convert it to [H+] over time, and then to rate of reaction over time, then to rate constant over time, then finally to Z over time. I averaged the Z at each temperature, and ended with an unique Z for each of the temperatures.


After trying equation after equation, I decided that the data points are best represented by Z = 24.4 t^(1/2), where t is temperature in degrees Celsius. Original hypothesis rejected.

This project is to find a causation between temperature and the z-collision rate factor.

Science Fair Project done By Isaac F. Ho


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