Slowest step of the multistep reaction is known as _________

The slowest step of the multistep reaction is known as the rate-determining step.

  • A reaction mechanism is the sequence of elementary steps by which a chemical reaction occurs.
  • A reaction that occurs in two or more elementary steps is called a multistep or complex reaction.
  • The slowest step in a reaction mechanism is known as the rate-determining step.

Two conditions must follow:

  1. The equations for the elementary steps in the mechanism must add up to the overall equation for the reaction.
  2. The mechanism must be consistent with the experimental rate law.

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