## fast and slow elementary reactions

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

Saachi_Kotia_4E
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### fast and slow elementary reactions

when finding the rate constant from elementary reactions, do we ignore the slow reaction or the fast reaction and why?

Tarika Gujral 1K
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### Re: fast and slow elementary reactions

Both reactions are important in determining overall reaction. However, pertaining to rate law, the slow step (AKA the rate determining step) is the one that is used.

Jessica Tsui 1H
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### Re: fast and slow elementary reactions

The rate law of multi-step reactions can't be predicted from the net reaction, so the slow step determines the rate law.

Dong Hyun Lee 4E
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### Re: fast and slow elementary reactions

Both reactions are important but the slowest reaction is the bottleneck of the reaction and thus determines the rate of the reaction itself.