Slow step


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Rhay Flores 4K
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Slow step

Postby Rhay Flores 4K » Fri Mar 08, 2019 1:28 pm

How do you determine which step is the “slow step” in a reaction mechanism?

Arshiya
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Re: Slow step

Postby Arshiya » Fri Mar 08, 2019 1:38 pm

If it is not stated, find the rate of each of the elementary steps. The slowest rate should be the rate-determining step.

Kenan Kherallah 2C
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Re: Slow step

Postby Kenan Kherallah 2C » Fri Mar 08, 2019 2:12 pm

Just to go along with what the person above said, if they tell you the activation energies, the slow step is the one with the higher or larger Ea

Margaret Akey
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Re: Slow step

Postby Margaret Akey » Fri Mar 08, 2019 3:17 pm

slow step is the one that matches the experimentally determined rate law

anthony_trieu2L
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Re: Slow step

Postby anthony_trieu2L » Fri Mar 08, 2019 3:32 pm

The addition, the slow step should not contain an intermediate as one of its reactants since it cannot appear in the rate law.


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