Chemical reaction kinetics, also known as reaction kinetics, provide a quantitative measurement of rates of reactions. Reaction kinetic studies provide insight into the dependence of these rates on variables, such as concentration, temperature, pressure, the presence of catalysts, or the physical state of the reactants. Since chemical reactions are dependent on the concentration of the reactant molecules and the conditions in which enable their collision, understanding the effect of variables on these interactions is critical to controlling the reaction for a successful outcome.
Information provided by reaction kinetics measurements can corroborate or contradict postulated reaction mechanisms, and support mathematical modeling of the reaction. Experimental measurement of the progress of a reaction as a function of time yields the reaction rates, and from this data, rate laws, rate constants, activation energies, and other kinetic parameters are derived.