Slow or Fast Step

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Slow or Fast Step

Postby 004932366 » Tue Mar 12, 2019 5:10 pm

How can you tell whether or not a step in a reaction mechanism is slow or fast? Or is this told ahead of time?

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Re: Slow or Fast Step

Postby Nada AbouHaiba 1I » Tue Mar 12, 2019 5:14 pm

Usually it will be explicitly stated, but if not you can tell which is the slow/fast step by looking at other information given.
For example, if a energy profile is given you want to pick the one with the lowest activation energy and that would be the fast step relative to the other.

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Re: Slow or Fast Step

Postby Noh_Jasmine_1J » Tue Mar 12, 2019 5:24 pm

the reaction rate that matches the experimental rate is the slow step.

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Re: Slow or Fast Step

Postby anthony_trieu2L » Tue Mar 12, 2019 5:25 pm

Most often the slow step will be given to you. If it is not, you can look at the overall rate law, which usually represents the rate determining step (slow step).

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