Chemists experimentally determine rate laws and then use that experimental information to propose reaction mechanisms. In an overall reaction, some steps will be fast and others slow. One step can be so slow that it governs the overall rate of the reaction; it is the rate-determining step. Learn how to predict reaction mechanisms using the steady-state approximation as well as information about fast and slow steps.
|TOPICS||5th EDITION||4th EDITION|
|Reaction Mechanisms||Sections 14.7–14.8||Sections 13.7–13.8|
|Rates and Equilibrium||Section 14.10||Section 13.10|