## Slow and Fast Step

CNourian2H
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### Slow and Fast Step

just to clarify, the slow step determines the rate of the overall rxn by determining the reaction order?

Goyama_2A
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### Re: Slow and Fast Step

yes, when determining the overall rate of reaction, you can use the slow step as the sole determinant of the rate by assuming that the other steps are so fast in relation to the slow step that their influence on the overall reaction rate is negligible.

Frank He 4G
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### Re: Slow and Fast Step

Yes, if you know the order of the slow step, you can determine the rate and assume that the overall rate of the reaction is equal to it.

Amy Luu 2G
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### Re: Slow and Fast Step

Does it matter if the order of the rates? For example if the first step rate is slow and the second step is fast does the slow step control the rate? What happens if the first step is fast and the second step is slow?

Nawal Dandachi 1G
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### Re: Slow and Fast Step

Yes, by knowing the order of the slow step, you can determine the rate of the overall reaction.

Eesha Sohail 1D
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### Re: Slow and Fast Step

Amy Luu 2G wrote:Does it matter if the order of the rates? For example if the first step rate is slow and the second step is fast does the slow step control the rate? What happens if the first step is fast and the second step is slow?

The slow step is always the one that controls the rate of the reaction. If there are fast steps before it, we can use the pre-equilibrium approach to incorporate the first step's rate into the overall expression.

Helen Struble 2F
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### Re: Slow and Fast Step

Amy Luu 2G wrote:Does it matter if the order of the rates? For example if the first step rate is slow and the second step is fast does the slow step control the rate? What happens if the first step is fast and the second step is slow?

Slow step determines the rate whether it is preceded by or followed by other fast steps. If there is a fast step first, the products of the first step are the reactants of the slow step and are bottlenecked by its rate, so the entire rate is dependent on the slow step. If there is a fast step after a slow step, the fast step cannot proceed until reactants are formed, so the slow step still determines the rate.

Noe BM 1J
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### Re: Slow and Fast Step

Yes, since the slow step determines the rate of the overall reaction, it means that the order of the slow step is the same as the order of the reaction.