## Mechanisms

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

Siddiq 1E
Posts: 106
Joined: Fri Aug 09, 2019 12:15 am

### Mechanisms

Hi, I'm just really confused about what reaction mechanisms are and why they are relevant?

Jared_Yuge
Posts: 100
Joined: Sat Aug 17, 2019 12:17 am

### Re: Mechanisms

A reaction mechanism is the combination of all the elementary reactions that overall chemical change goes through.

Jared_Yuge
Posts: 100
Joined: Sat Aug 17, 2019 12:17 am

### Re: Mechanisms

With the reaction mechanisms method we can make educated guesses on reaction rates for untried reactions with the same or similar steps.

Esha Chawla 2E
Posts: 108
Joined: Thu Jul 25, 2019 12:17 am

### Re: Mechanisms

Siddiq 1E wrote:Hi, I'm just really confused about what reaction mechanisms are and why they are relevant?

A reaction mechanism is important because it shows how we derive the experimentally observed rate laws. Proposed reaction mechanisms show a series of elementary steps, which may be slow/fast, which help explain why we observe the experimentally observed and determined rate laws.