Reaction Intermediates

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Jose Torres
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Reaction Intermediates

Postby Jose Torres » Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:03 pm

How do we figure out what are the reaction intermediates? For example, in question 7C.3:
Step 1 -
Step 2 -

How do we know that the intermediate is AB?

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Re: Reaction Intermediates

Postby Raj_Bains_2C » Wed Mar 06, 2019 11:30 pm

The reaction intermediate does not appear in the reactants or products of the overall reaction. It only appears in the intermediate steps.

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Re: Reaction Intermediates

Postby Iris Bai 2K » Thu Mar 07, 2019 12:21 am

Reaction intermediates appear and disappear within the course of the reaction, so they don't appear reactants on the first step or the products of the last step.

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Re: Reaction Intermediates

Postby hazelyang2E » Thu Mar 07, 2019 4:17 pm

Another reason you can identify AB as an intermediate is because it is present in both of the reactions: As a product in the first reaction, and as a reactant in the second reaction.

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Re: Reaction Intermediates

Postby Eric Quach 1C » Fri Mar 08, 2019 8:26 pm

AB would be an intermediate because if you sum up the elementary reactions for the overall reaction, AB is neither a product or reactant as it cancels out.

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