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Reaction Mechanism of Nitrogen Monoxide and Oxygen Watch

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    Hi, This is Q2 from page 20 (titled rate-determining step) of the Chemistry OCR A Textbook (2nd edition).

    The overall equation: 2NO+O2--->2NO2

    Rate equation: rate=k[NO2]^2

    What is the two-step mechanism for this reaction?

    Thanks in advance
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    (Original post by NigelK98)
    Hi, This is Q2 from page 20 (titled rate-determining step) of the Chemistry OCR A Textbook (2nd edition).

    The overall equation: 2NO+O2--->2NO2

    Rate equation: rate=k[NO2]^2

    What is the two-step mechanism for this reaction?

    Thanks in advance
    You have written the question out incorrectly.

    The rate cannot depend on a product!
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    (Original post by charco)
    You have written the question out incorrectly.

    The rate cannot depend on a product!
    My bad it was supposed to be rate=k[NO]^2

    Ive only got this so far:
    NO+NO-->NO2 + N
    O2+ N-----> NO2
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    (Original post by NigelK98)
    My bad it was supposed to be rate=k[NO]^2

    Ive only got this so far:
    NO+NO-->NO2 + N
    O2+ N-----> NO2
    That'd get the marks for OCR A.

    A technique I suggest my students is to just combine everything together and create all of the products at the end:

    NO + NO -> N2O2
    N2O2 + O2 -> 2NO2
 
 
 
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