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anonymous

  • one year ago

In reaction CFCl3 + UV Light --> CFCl2 + Cl, there is only one reactant (CFCl3) and no collision. So, why did a reaction take place?

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  1. JoannaBlackwelder
    • one year ago
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    Are the reactant molecules the same as the products?

  2. JoannaBlackwelder
    • one year ago
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    Any ideas, @WordsAndSentences ?

  3. anonymous
    • one year ago
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    I have no clue.. :/ uhmm

  4. anonymous
    • one year ago
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    Yess?

  5. JoannaBlackwelder
    • one year ago
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    Since the compounds on the left of the reaction arrow are not the same as the compounds on the right, the reactants are not the same as the products.

  6. JoannaBlackwelder
    • one year ago
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    And when the reactants are different from the products, there is a chemical reaction.

  7. JoannaBlackwelder
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    This particular reaction is called a decomposition reaction, because one compound broke down into multiple other compounds.

  8. anonymous
    • one year ago
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    Oh, okay. I think I get it now. Thank you for the help(:

  9. JoannaBlackwelder
    • one year ago
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    Great, you're welcome! :-) Also, compounds break down when the products are more stable than the reactant.

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