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    Acetaldehyde can undergo catalytic decomposition according to the mechanism below:
    CH3CHO + I2 = CH3I + HI + CO (RDS)
    CH3I + HI = CH4 + I2

    Use the mechanism to determine:

    a. the overall chemical equation
    b the catalyst
    c the intermediates
    d. the rate law

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    CH3CHO + I2 = CH4 + I2 + CO is the over all equation
    The catalyst is I2
    The intermediates are CH3I ...

    Solution Summary

    The solution provides a concise answer in identifying the overall chemical equation, catalyst, intermediates and rate law of acetaldehyde's catalytic decomposition according the mechanism given by the asker.