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Will a catalyst always show up first in the reactants side and then on the product side in a reaction mechanism? In other words, will we be able to tell that it is a catalyst because it is the opposite of how an intermediate works?
I believe so, also in a reaction I think it can sometimes be represented on the arrow. It isn't necessarily the opposite of a intermediate, an intermediate is created and consumed. The catalyst is just a substance or molecule that a reaction takes place on. It isn't used up in the reaction.
Last edited by Indy Bui 1l on Sat Mar 14, 2020 8:13 pm, edited 1 time in total.
A catalyst is not used up in the reaction, which means that it will appear first on the reactant side of one step of the reaction and then appear again as a product in another step of the reaction. However, the catalysts will not appear in the overall reaction.
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