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Reaction Mechanisms

Some Flash animations of reaction mechanisms:

Here are three possible mechanisms for the reaction:

\(\ce{CO(g)  +  NO2(g)  \rightarrow  CO2(g)  +  NO(g)}\)

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Single step mechanism

This animation illustrates what the mechanism would look like if it occurred in a single step.

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Two step mechanism #1

This animation illustrates a possible two step mechanism and shows how the two steps add up to give the overall reaction. It includes a catalyst which is used and then regenerated.

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Two step mechanism #2

This animation illustrates another possible two step mechanism and asks what the two steps are.

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Click here for a tutorial on reaction mechanisms with small animations on the right of the page.