Reaction steps and transition states

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Reaction steps and transition states

Postby bridgetfoy_1D » Mon Mar 06, 2017 11:53 pm

Are the number of steps of a reaction always equal to the number of transition states? And is the number of intermediates always one less than the former? I'm noticing this trend, but want to make sure it's accurate for all curves (especially the first part). Thanks!

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Re: Reaction steps and transition states

Postby Chem_Mod » Tue Mar 07, 2017 1:20 am

The number of steps is usually indicative of the number of transition states. As for intermediates, you may have more than one for each step, so it's best to see if any of them cancel out for each step.

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