Reaction mechanisms- elementary steps

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

Steven Garcia 1H
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Reaction mechanisms- elementary steps

Do we always ignore the reverse rxn of the slow elementary step ?

Noah Fox 1E
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Re: Reaction mechanisms- elementary steps

I think so, because the slow reaction is rate defining. Much in the same way if the second elementary step is slow here is a bottle neck in the first elementary step which has to be fast and the fast step has a reversible reaction