Determining Reaction Mechanism


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Silvino Jimenez 1A
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Determining Reaction Mechanism

Postby Silvino Jimenez 1A » Tue Mar 06, 2018 2:57 am

Will the problem typically tell us which step in the mechanism is the slow step? Are there clues in wording to look for that hint which step in mechanism is the slow step?

Hannah Guo 3D
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Re: Determining Reaction Mechanism

Postby Hannah Guo 3D » Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:46 am

Based on the practice problems in the textbook, the questions usually indicate the slow and fast elementary steps.

Hope it helps!

Christine Wastila 1H
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Re: Determining Reaction Mechanism

Postby Christine Wastila 1H » Tue Mar 06, 2018 12:08 pm

Also remember that the rate law is determined by the slow step, so if the rate law is given, you know which one is the slow step because they have to correspond.


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