## Slow reaction vs fast reaction

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Miya Eberlein 1J
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### Slow reaction vs fast reaction

How can we tell when a reaction is fast, or when it is too slow to be important? How can we tell which step is slow?

Eden Aberra 1I
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### Re: Slow reaction vs fast reaction

The question will tell you if the reaction is fast or slow. Just looking at the written form of a chemical reaction without any data will not tell students which is faster so it will be specified

EPerez1B
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### Re: Slow reaction vs fast reaction

I think you can figure it out if you are given reactions that are at equilibrium. If it's at equilibrium, assume it's a fast step. Otherwise, the question will say if it's a fast or slow step.