p. 369 — “In that substitution (for the equilibrium constant) a distribution of states for the transition state is indeed assumed, but it is not a Boltzmann distribution” — Well, what is it?
p. 374 — In the Going Deeper segment “The momentum of the CH2 group as the hydrocarbon recoils from the expelled N2” — a recoil would push the CH2 group away from N2 giving ii rather than iii.
p. 380 – Connections — trigonal bipyramidal intermediates in cyclic phosphotriesters. What about something of more biologic interest, the phospho NON cyclic diesters holding the nucleotides of DNA and RNA together.
p. 385 — Lifetime — 1/k — the term is often bandied about, but I never understood exactly how it was defined ’till now. Only true for a first order reaction obviously, since the lifetime of an entity in a bimolecular reaction with a second order rate constant will be dependent on the other entity. You can teach an old dog new tricks ! The units of a first order rate constant k is moles/second, so 1/k is seconds/mole.
p. 390 Steady state kinetics — The equations look very close to Michaelis Menton kinetics which isn’t discussed until pp. 523.
p. 399 — nice to know just what the rate of a diffusion limited reaction is — 10^10 Moles/second
p. 400 Converting an IR stretch 3000 – 1000 cm^-1 to a time. Cm^-1 is just the number of wavelengths/centimeter So to convert cm^-1 to frequency, multiply by the velocity of light in centimeters/second (e.g. 3 * 10^10 cm/sec) to get a frequency of 3 – 9 * 10^13/second. So one vibration takes from 10 – 100 picoSeconds (or .01 – .10 femtoSeconds.
p. 403 It would be nice to see a derivation of the Marcus equation.
p. 406 — In the Connections section ‘steriod’ should be steroid.