## How to determine the number of intermediates?

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

Rebecca Remple 1C
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### How to determine the number of intermediates?

Hi all,

In book problem 7.17, we are asked to determine the number of intermediates by analyzing an illustration of the reaction A -> D. There are three major peaks in the diagram. The solutions manual states that 2 intermediates were formed. How can we tell this from the illustration? Let me know what you think :)

-Rebecca

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### Re: How to determine the number of intermediates?

since there are three peaks there are three overall steps in the reaction
for there to be intermediates they have to form in one reaction and be used up in another
therefore there are two intermediates involved in the three step reaction