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Apparently, the step with the higher activation energy is often times the limiting step as well. High activation energies are associated with slower rates due to the large amount of energy needed for the step to be thermodynamically favorable.
The slow step is associated with higher activation energy because it needs to overcome the higher energy barrier, while the fast step is associated with lower activation energy because it needs to overcome the lower energy barrier. As a result, the slow step always the limiting step because it always takes the most amount of energy in the overall reactions.
The reaction rate is always dependent on the slow step, which is the limiting step. The slow step has the highest activation energy out of all the steps, and therefore has the slowest reaction rate because more energy is needed to overcome the activation energy barrier.
Akash_Kapoor_1L wrote:Do we have to know how to calculate the limiting step for test 3? Which hw problems focus on the limiting step?
I don't think so. Dr. Lavelle said test three would go up to 15.6, and this topic isn't on there.
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