How to determine slow step?

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Antonio Melgoza 2K
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How to determine slow step?

Postby Antonio Melgoza 2K » Tue Mar 01, 2016 9:52 pm

For Ch.4, question 40 it asks which reactions are fast and which are slow. How do you determine which is fast/slow?
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Serena Zhang 3D
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Re: How to determine slow step?

Postby Serena Zhang 3D » Tue Mar 01, 2016 10:03 pm

The reaction is fast if the standard free energy of activation is small because a low activation energy threshold can be easily crossed. Using the same logic, the reaction is slow if the standard free energy of activation is large.


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