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Rate determining step

by VenaCava
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Dec1-13, 10:01 PM
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For a multi-step reaction, how is the rate determining step defined.
Is it
-the step with the highest activation barrier OR
-the step with the highest transition state energy


For example, I found this picture online. The first step has a higher barrier, but the second step has a higher energy TS.

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