## elementary step

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

Sophia Dinh 1D
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### elementary step

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

Catherine Daye 1L
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### Re: elementary step

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

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.