Pre Equilibrium Approach

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Elina Vanuska 2B
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Pre Equilibrium Approach

Postby Elina Vanuska 2B » Sun Feb 14, 2016 12:09 am

Hi there!

I have a question regarding the pre equilibrium approach versus the steady state approach. Under what conditions is the pre-equillibrium approach used? Is it used as often as the steady state approach?


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Re: Pre Equilibrium Approach

Postby Chem_Mod » Sun Feb 14, 2016 1:44 am

Steady-state is more general and can be used whenever intermediates remain low in concentration (basically all the time, since intermediates are unstable). Pre-equilibrium can only be used when a slow step is preceded by a fast step. The slow step's reverse is negligible and the fast step is in equilibrium.

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Re: Pre Equilibrium Approach

Postby Michelle Choi 1H » Sun Feb 14, 2016 4:07 pm

Should we know how to use steady-state approaches? The pre equilibrium approach was already discussed in lecture but unless the steady state will be covered later do you advise that we study both?

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