The Slow Step of a Reaction


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Ava Harvey 2B
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The Slow Step of a Reaction

Postby Ava Harvey 2B » Sun Mar 11, 2018 2:48 pm

I understand that the slow step of a reaction is the step that ultimately determines the overall rate and rate law. However, I was just wondering if the slow step in a reaction mechanism can ever be a step that is in equilibrium? Or are the fast steps the only ones that can be in equilibrium? Thanks so much!

Aijun Zhang 1D
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Re: The Slow Step of a Reaction

Postby Aijun Zhang 1D » Sun Mar 11, 2018 2:58 pm

I think both slow step and fast step are not the overall step in the equilibrium.
The step in the equilibrium should be a combined step.

Elizabeth Bamishaye 2I
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Re: The Slow Step of a Reaction

Postby Elizabeth Bamishaye 2I » Sun Mar 11, 2018 3:18 pm

From my understanding, fast steps are the only ones really that could be in equilibrium.


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