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Summing reactions/rate constants

  1. May 23, 2010 #1

    I have a couple of reactions whose rate constants are known:

    A + B -> C + D (reaction 1)
    C + B -> E + F (reaction 2)

    and I want to know the rate constants of the sum of these reactions. That is:

    A + 2B -> D + E + F (reaction 3)

    How may I know the rate constant for reaction 3, assuming that I know the rate constants for reaction 1 and 2?

    Thanks for all the help!
  2. jcsd
  3. May 24, 2010 #2
    You need to provide some additional information about the lability of the reactions (1 and 2) before you can proceed.
  4. May 25, 2010 #3
    all the species from reactions 1 and 2 are stable. I was advised to consider an open system in which the reactions were not reversible. Does this help? I'm not seeing how I can use this information...

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