K1 vs K2

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Christine Chen 1H
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K1 vs K2

Postby Christine Chen 1H » Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:37 pm

Why is it that we use K1 instead of K2 to substitute for [intermediate] in rxn mechanism problems like this?
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Marina Gollas 1A
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Re: K1 vs K2

Postby Marina Gollas 1A » Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:18 am

I am unsure if this is what you meant by your question, but my TA had explained that we use K2 to represent the K(1)/K(-1), because K2 is like the variable representing the value of what K(1)/K(-1) day is. You can keep the K(1)/K(-1) there if you would like, but K2 is there to simplify your rate into a smaller expression I believe is what he said, so that it can match the original rate law given in the question.


Here is a link that helped me understand more about the pre-equilibrium questions. :) If you have any more questions, feel free to ask!:)

Jonathan Christie 1I
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Re: K1 vs K2

Postby Jonathan Christie 1I » Sat Mar 16, 2019 3:47 pm

Thank you for the video, it was very instructive

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