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In a hydrocarbon solution, the gold compound 1CH323AuPH3 decomposes into ethane 1C2H62 and a different gold compound, 1CH32AuPH3. The following mechanism has been proposed for the decomposition of 1CH323AuPH3: Step 1: 1CH323 AuPH3 Δ k1 k -1 1CH323Au + PH3 1fast2 Step 2: 1CH323 Au ¡k2 C2H6 + 1CH32Au 1slow2 Step 3: 1CH32Au + PH3 ¡k3 1CH32AuPH3 1fast2 (f) What would be the effect on the reaction rate of adding PH3 to the solution of 1CH323AuPH3?

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