Pre Equilibrium Condition

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Steven Garcia 1H
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Pre Equilibrium Condition

Postby Steven Garcia 1H » Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:07 pm

Does the pre-equilibrium condition only work if the early step is fast and the later step is slow? What if there's not a fast step before the slow step?

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Re: Pre Equilibrium Condition

Postby marisaimbroane1J » Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:18 pm

If there is not a fast step, you do not need to assume the prior step is at equilibrium to generate the overall rate law from the mechanism. The pre-equilibrium assumption will be used in examples like the one from lecture where there is a fast step preceding the slow step.

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