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Eileen Si 1G wrote:How can you identify which step of the reaction mechanism is the slowest step? Or will this just be given in the problem itself?
If you are given the differential rate law and a proposed reaction mechanism (with its elementary steps), you can determine which elementary step is rate-determining by seeing which elementary step has the proposed differential rate law. If you are not given the differential rate law, then you will likely be told which step is the slowest step, and you will (likely) have to determine the differential rate law.
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