# Energy diagram for an exothermic reaction in TikZ

I would like to draw an energy diagram with a maximum point. I started with this code:

\documentclass[openany,twoside]{book}
\usepackage{tikz}
\begin{document}
\begin{tikzpicture}[>=latex]
\draw[<->](0,5)node[above,rotate=90,xshift=-2cm]{Energy}|-
(5,0)node[below,xshift=-2cm]{Reaction coordinate};
\draw (0,2.5)--(1,2.5);
\draw[dashed](1,2.5)--(2.6,2.5);
\draw (3.9,1)--(4.7,1);
\draw[dashed](3.9,1)--(2.4,1);
\draw plot[smooth] coordinates{(1,2.5)(2.5,4.5)(3.6,1.4)(3.9,1)};
\end{tikzpicture}
\end{document}


This resulted into:

My target is to have the image below:

• Does it need to be precise in some way or the other? Commented Dec 7, 2021 at 14:41

I don't know how precise you need this graph to be, but if it doesn't need to be too precise, you could probably go with this rough approximation:

\documentclass[tikz, border=1mm]{standalone}

\begin{document}
\begin{tikzpicture}[>=latex]
\draw[<->](0,5)node[above,rotate=90,xshift=-2cm]{Energy}|-
(5,0)node[below,xshift=-2cm]{Reaction coordinate};
\draw (0,2.5)--(1,2.5);
\draw[dashed](1,2.5)--(2.6,2.5);
\draw (3.9,1)--(4.7,1);
\draw[dashed](3.9,1)--(2.4,1);
\draw (1,2.5) to[in=180, out=0, looseness=.65] (2.35,4.5) to[in=180, out=0, looseness=.45] (3.9,1);
\end{tikzpicture}
\end{document}


• @Jasper_Habicht deal done Commented Dec 7, 2021 at 14:55
• Then this also answers my question to your post in the comments =) Commented Dec 7, 2021 at 14:55