## Reaction Too Slow to Include in Mechanism

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

Sarah Sharma 2J
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### Reaction Too Slow to Include in Mechanism

In the textbook, in section 15.8, when describing rate laws and mechanisms the textbook says that "The reverse of step 2 is too slow to affect the rate and so is not included." This is when referring to the example of N2O2. How can we tell that this reaction is too slow to include in the mechanism?

Janet Nguyen 2H
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### Re: Reaction Too Slow to Include in Mechanism

I think the problem will usually just let you know!