Reaction Mechanism vs Elementary Step


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Jessica Castellanos
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Reaction Mechanism vs Elementary Step

Postby Jessica Castellanos » Sun Mar 08, 2020 8:44 pm

What is the difference between a reaction mechanism and an elementary step?

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Re: Reaction Mechanism vs Elementary Step

Postby sarahsalama2E » Sun Mar 08, 2020 8:48 pm

A reaction mechanism can be thought of as the summation of elementary steps through which the chemical reaction takes place.
An elementary step is a single step in a series of "simple" steps that are indicative of how the reaction progresses.


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