Recently, we were learning about free radical halogenation in school. A set of notes given to us wrote that the rate-determining step is the propagation step. This seems to go against my understanding of the chemistry of this reaction. The step that likely has the highest activation energy should be the initiation step as it is the only step that involves bond-breaking solely. I have looked up various sources and they also seem to suggest that the rate-determining step ought to be the first step.
Advanced Organic Chemistry (5th ed.) by Carey and Sundberg states that:
Free radicals are usually highly reactive and the individual steps in a chain reaction typically have high absolute rate constants. However, the concentrations of the intermediates are low. The overall rates of reaction depend on the balance between the initiation and termination phases of the reaction, which start and end the chain sequence.