Problem: Based on the following reaction profile, how many intermediates are formed in the reaction AD?

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We are asked based on the following reaction profile, how many intermediates are formed in the reaction AD.


A reaction profile/diagram is a diagram showing the change in chemical potential energy as the chemical reaction proceeds from reactants to the product.

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Based on the following reaction profile, how many intermediates are formed in the reaction AD? A graph has reaction progress on the x-axis and potential energy on the y-axis (both axes unscaled). The curve rises from the initial state to a low peak followed by a trough, and then a high peak followed by a trough and another low peak, and then declines to the final state. (A) is the initial state; (B) is the trough following the first lowest peak, (C) is the trough following the highest peak, and (D) is the final state which is higher energy than the initial state.

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