Pre-exponential factor

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In chemical kinetics, the preexponential factor or A factor is the pre-exponential constant in the Arrhenius equation, an empirical relationship between temperature and rate coefficient. It is usually designated by A when determined from experiment, while Z is usually left for collision frequency.

For a first order reaction it has units of s-1, for that reason it is often called frequency factor.

Values of A for some reactions can be found in here.


IUPAC Goldbook definition of preexponential factor

IUPAC Gold Book definition of pre-exponential factor