Pre-Equilibrium Approach

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Miya Lopez 1I
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Pre-Equilibrium Approach

Postby Miya Lopez 1I » Mon Mar 11, 2019 9:37 pm

How will we know when to use the pre-equilibrium approach? Will we always use this approach instead of the other two ways?

Vincent Li 4L
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Re: Pre-Equilibrium Approach

Postby Vincent Li 4L » Mon Mar 11, 2019 9:40 pm

Professor Lavelle told us that we would not have to use the direct computation method in the class, but the slides did mention that assuming you perform the steady-state approximation correctly, the final result should be equivalent to the result you get by doing the pre-equilibrium method. Your choice of methodology doesn't really matter, but pre-equilibrium is easier (but less flexible in that it applies only to reaction mechanisms where the 2nd step is slower than the 1st step) and requires less work. Steady-state approximation is a more general method that can be applied to more scenarios, but it requires more work and substitution to work. Hope this clears the differences up.

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