## Steady-State Approach vs. Pre-Equilibrium Approach [ENDORSED]

$K = \frac{k_{forward}}{k_{reverse}}$

abram_wassily_1G
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### Steady-State Approach vs. Pre-Equilibrium Approach

Okay so I am still not entirely sure what separates the Steady-State Approach from the Pre-Equilibrium Approach. Is it correct to assume that if the first elementary step in a reaction mechanism is slow, we use the Steady-State Approach? And, if the first elementary step in a reaction mechanism is fast, we use the Pre-Equilibrium Approach? Thank you.

Jeffreyho97
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### Re: Steady-State Approach vs. Pre-Equilibrium Approach  [ENDORSED]

I don't think it matters whether the first or second step is the slow step. Lavelle said that it probably is better to just use the pre-equilibrium step because it is more straightforward. Remember they both give the same result.