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Reaction Mechanism (Shouldn't Be Too Difficult)

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[SOLVED] Reaction Mechanism (Shouldn't Be Too Difficult)

1. Homework Statement

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

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