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Homework Help: Reaction Mechanism (Shouldn't Be Too Difficult)

  1. Mar 29, 2008 #1
    [SOLVED] Reaction Mechanism (Shouldn't Be Too Difficult)

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Write the equation for the overall reaction and identify any reaction intermediates:

    STEP 1: Cl2---> Cl + Cl

    STEP 2: Cl + CO---> COCl

    STEP 3: COCl + Cl2---> COCl2 + Cl

    2. Relevant equations

    See above

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I understand how to do this when there is only one step...... the overall equation is just the products from Step 1 make the reactants from Step 2, but having a third step confuses me.

    My guess would be something such as Cl2+CO---> COCl2 + Cl, and COCl as a reaction intermediate, but I'm not so sure.
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  3. Nov 24, 2016 #2


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    Overall: Cl2 + CO → COCl2; Intermediates: COCl, and Cl.
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