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Reaction mechanisms- elementary steps

Posted: Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:01 pm
by Steven Garcia 1H
Do we always ignore the reverse rxn of the slow elementary step ?

Re: Reaction mechanisms- elementary steps

Posted: Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:35 pm
by Noah Fox 1E
I think so, because the slow reaction is rate defining. Much in the same way if the second elementary step is slow here is a bottle neck in the first elementary step which has to be fast and the fast step has a reversible reaction