## rate determining step

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

Karina Kong 2H
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### rate determining step

What makes a step the rate determining step?

Ryan 1K
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### Re: rate determining step

The slowest step is the rate determining step because the reaction will not proceed faster or slower if you change the speed at which the fast step occurs.

Wilson 2E
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### Re: rate determining step

The rate determining step will be the slowest occurring step in the mechanism. For instance, if you're building a car and the engine takes the longest to install, it doesn't matter how fast you assemble the rest of the car, the final product won't be produced until the engine is in place.

Hussain Chharawalla 1G
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### Re: rate determining step

You can also use the slow step to make the assumption that the product from the previous reaction is in excess and in equilibrium.

Victoria Zheng--2F
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### Re: rate determining step

The rate-determining step is the slowest step in the chemical reaction because the reaction can not proceed any faster than the slowest step in a chemical reaction. In order for the overall chemical reaction to complete, the slowest step has to be completed, which makes it the rate-determining step.