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Determining reaction rate for overall reaction

Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2020 12:00 am
by ashwathinair
How do we know what the rate limiting reaction within a proposed reaction mechanism is? I know that it has the slowest rate, but is this something we generally calculate ourselves (if so, how?) or not?

Re: Determining reaction rate for overall reaction

Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2020 2:14 am
by jisulee1C
Usually the proposed reaction mechanism has steps that are labeled with either slow or fast which can be used to determine which step is the rate determining step and therefore calculate the rate of the reaction.

Re: Determining reaction rate for overall reaction

Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2020 9:09 am
by PranaviKolla2B
Just to confirm, the slowest step is the rate-determining step?

Re: Determining reaction rate for overall reaction

Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2020 2:19 pm
by Maya Pakulski 1D
PranaviKolla2B wrote:Just to confirm, the slowest step is the rate-determining step?

Yes, the slowest step is the rate determining step.