Problem: The following diagram represents an imaginary two-step mechanism. Let the red spheres represent element A, the green ones element B, and the blue ones element C.Identify the catalyst.

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In this problem, we are asked to identify the catalyst in the given figure.


Recall that catalyst is any substance that increases the rate of a reaction without itself being consumed.

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The following diagram represents an imaginary two-step mechanism. Let the red spheres represent element A, the green ones element B, and the blue ones element C.
A diagram shows three boxes joined by arrows. First box: 2 O2, 2FO and 2 NO. Second box: 2 NO, 2 O, and 2 FO2. Third box: 2 N, 2 O2, and 2 FO2.

Identify the catalyst.

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