## Determining if a reaction mechanism is feasible

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

claudia_1h
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### Determining if a reaction mechanism is feasible

Can someone tell me the conditions that we use to check if a proposed reaction mechanism is possible/feasible? i.e. the conditions it must meet

Joseph Saba
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### Re: Determining if a reaction mechanism is feasible

One way is to see if the slow step rate law matches the overall rate law. Remember that no matter the substitutions u may have to make for intermediates, the rate law will have the same order no matter what.

claudia_1h
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### Re: Determining if a reaction mechanism is feasible

Remember that no matter the substitutions u may have to make for intermediates, the rate law will have the same order no matter what.

Can you explain what you mean by this?

Jessica Chen 2C
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### Re: Determining if a reaction mechanism is feasible

I’m not 100% sure but I think they mean that you should always check that the rate law has the same order. When using K to find concentrations for intermediates, it can be easy to make mistakes while substituting, so just check that it’s done right by making sure the order matches.