## Meaning of k

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

Miriam Sheetz 2B
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### Meaning of k

What is the difference between capital K and lowercase k in the kinetics equations?

Laura Gong 3H
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### Re: Meaning of k

Lower case k is the rate constant. (units vary)
Upper case K is the equilibrium constant. (no units)

Jonathan Pai 2I
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### Re: Meaning of k

There can be multiple lower case k's depending on how many elementary steps there are.

shouse1f
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### Re: Meaning of k

k is the rate constant and K is the equilibrium constant

Porus_Karwa_2E
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### Re: Meaning of k

k is the rate constant, K is the equilibrium constant