## Reaction Rate

$K = \frac{k_{forward}}{k_{reverse}}$

rachelle1K
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### Reaction Rate

Are reaction rates only determined by the reactants of the slow step?

Julie Park 1G
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### Re: Reaction Rate

The overall reaction rate is pretty much reliant on the rate of the slowest step, since the entire reaction has to wait for it. That's why the slowest step is the rate-determining step.

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### Re: Reaction Rate

rachelle1K wrote:Are reaction rates only determined by the reactants of the slow step?

The reaction rate is determined by the RATE of the slow step, not its reactants. And not all reactions have rate-determining steps. Also, reaction rates are determined by the rate of the slow step only for reaction mechanisms I believe.