net rate of reaction

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David Sarkissian 1K
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net rate of reaction

Postby David Sarkissian 1K » Sat Mar 16, 2019 9:12 pm

Is there a defined equation we use to find the net rate of reaction for a series of elementary reactions? I can't find one on our formula sheet. Or does it have to be deduced one reaction at a time? I'm just having a hard time connecting the dots between all the reactions.

Maayan Epstein 14B
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Re: net rate of reaction

Postby Maayan Epstein 14B » Sat Mar 16, 2019 9:52 pm

I am not totally sure what you mean by net rate of reaction, but for each elementary step the rate should look the same.
For example:
Step 1: A + B ----> C
Step 2: C -----> D
Both should have rate = k[reactants]
so for step 1 use rate constant k1: rate = k1[A][B]
and for step 2 use rate constant k2: rate = k2[C]
Hope that helps!

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