elementary step

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Sophia Dinh 1D
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elementary step

Postby Sophia Dinh 1D » Sun Mar 15, 2020 7:34 am

What does it mean for a step to be elementary or non elementary?

Catherine Daye 1L
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Re: elementary step

Postby Catherine Daye 1L » Sun Mar 15, 2020 7:43 am

An elementary step is one that occurs within a reaction to produce the final products shown in the final balanced equation. It is not typically show in the final equation and includes intermediates.

Helen Struble 2F
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Re: elementary step

Postby Helen Struble 2F » Sun Mar 15, 2020 12:54 pm

Elementary steps show all the individual collisions that lead to a final product, including the formation/consumption of intermediates. The elementary steps represent what is happening on a molecular scale in between individual atoms and molecules.

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