We're being asked to write the balanced equation for the overall reaction.
For the overall reaction catalysts and intermediates are canceled out:
• catalyst appears as a reactant in the first step and as a product in the last step
• intermediates appear as a product in the first step and as a reactant in the next step
The gas-phase decomposition of ozone is thought to occur by the following two-step mechanism.
Step 1: O3(g) ⇌ O2(g) + O(g) (fast)
Step 2: O(g) + O3(g) → 2 O2(g) (slow)
Write the balanced equation for the overall reaction.
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