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Abstract Volume 13 Issue 4 (2008) pp 210-213

Discussion of the Steady-State and Equilibrium Approximations by Means of a Simple Kinetic Mechanism

Francisco M. Fernández

INIFTA (UNLP, CCT La Plata-CONICET), División Química Teórica, Diag. 113 y 64 (S/N), Sucursal 4, Casilla de Correo 16 (1900) La Plata, Argentina, fernande@quimica.unlp.edu.ar
Received November 26, 2007. Accepted July 6, 2008.

Published online: 21 July 2008

Abstract. By means of the chemical kinetic reaction mechanism with two consecutive reactions and one reversible step we introduce the pseudo-steady-state and equilibrium approximations, widely used in the study of chemical reactions, and commonly discussed in all textbooks on chemical kinetics.

Key Words: In the Classroom; physical chemistry; kinetics

(*) Corresponding author. (E-mail: fernande@quimica.unlp.edu.ar)

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Issue date: August 1, 2008

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