Determining the slow step


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Shanzey
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Determining the slow step

Postby Shanzey » Thu Mar 12, 2020 2:48 pm

How are you able to tell which reaction is the slow step? Is the equilibrium reaction usually the slow step?

Brianna Becerra 1B
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Re: Determining the slow step

Postby Brianna Becerra 1B » Thu Mar 12, 2020 2:50 pm

The slow step can be found in the rate law as the slow step heavily determines the rate of the reaction as a reaction can not go any faster than its slowest step.

Anish Natarajan 4G
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Re: Determining the slow step

Postby Anish Natarajan 4G » Thu Mar 12, 2020 4:27 pm

So far in the examples we've been given in lecture, the slow step has been explicitly labelled

Kylie Lim 4G
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Re: Determining the slow step

Postby Kylie Lim 4G » Thu Mar 12, 2020 4:31 pm

The slow step should be the one whose specific rate law that matches the rate law for the overall reaction

Matt Sanruk 2H
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Re: Determining the slow step

Postby Matt Sanruk 2H » Thu Mar 12, 2020 4:38 pm

It should either be stated as the slow step, or it has the exact same rate as the overall equation


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