## Elementary Steps of a Reaction

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

Christiana2D
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### Elementary Steps of a Reaction

How can you determine if an elementary step is the slow step of the reaction if it's not already stated? Would you just use an experimentally determined rate law?

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### Re: Elementary Steps of a Reaction

Yes, you cannot tell which step is the slow step unless it is given or unless you are given the experimentally determined rate law. If you are only given the rate law, just match the rate law to whatever step it corresponds with. That step is the slow step.