Distinguishing a Catalyst

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Emily Warda 2L
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Distinguishing a Catalyst

Postby Emily Warda 2L » Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:26 pm

How do you distinguish a catalyst from a reactant? We spoke about how to distinguish a catalyst from an intermediate but how do we distinguish it from a reactant?

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Re: Distinguishing a Catalyst

Postby Tatiana Hage 2E » Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:33 pm

A reactant is consumed by the reaction, and a catalyst is not.

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Re: Distinguishing a Catalyst

Postby OliviaShearin2E » Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:56 pm

I believe the catalyst also does not appear in the overall reaction (though it may appear in the rate law).

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Re: Distinguishing a Catalyst

Postby Maeve Gallagher 1J » Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:32 pm

A catalyst is consumed at the beginning of the reaction mechanism, but then reappears as a product at a different step. Reactants are just consumed and never reappear, and intermediates are produced and then later consumed again.

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Re: Distinguishing a Catalyst

Postby JamesAntonios 1E » Mon Mar 12, 2018 11:24 pm

A reactant does not show up on the product sides. It is consumed in the reaction. A catalyst, on the other hand, will show up on both sides.


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