Brittny 849 Views May 29, 2016, 06:19:06 PM Question Solved Share Tweet What is meant by the rate-determining step in a sequential reaction? What will be an ideal response? Sanora May 29, 2016, 06:24:46 PM #1 Answer The rate determining step in a sequential chemical reaction is the elementary reaction step with the smallest reaction rate. This step is called rate limiting because no matter how large the reaction rates are for the other elementary steps, the overall reaction rate is determined by the smallest rate. Tatyana May 29, 2016, 06:38:07 PM #2 You just saved me a lot of time.