Rate Law and Intermediates

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Kelsey Jug 1J
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Rate Law and Intermediates

Postby Kelsey Jug 1J » Thu Feb 23, 2017 8:33 pm

Is a rate law allowed to have an intermediate concentration? or do we always have to solve with K to find the substitute for the intermediate? (such an the pre-equilibrium example in the course reader)

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Re: Rate Law and Intermediates

Postby Maggie Bui 1H » Thu Feb 23, 2017 9:05 pm

Rate laws don't have intermediates in them because intermediates are produced in one reaction and used up in (one of) the following reaction(s). And yes, you should solve for the intermediate to replace it if it shows up in the rate of formation for a product of the overall reaction.

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