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What is the steady-state approximation, and when is this approximation employed?

What will be an ideal response?

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In the steady state approximation, the assumption is made that the concentrations of one or more intermediate species undergoes a negligible change with time. This approximation is generally valid when the elementary step that generates the intermediate is the rate determining step, and the subsequent step resulting in the decay of intermediate is rapid ensuring that the in-termediate undergoes decay as soon as it is formed so that the intermediate concentration is modest at all times.

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