:Nu in diagrams

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KatelinSnyder 3b
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:Nu in diagrams

Postby KatelinSnyder 3b » Fri Feb 19, 2016 10:57 am

in regards to diagrams like the ones on page 85 of the course reader, does a curved arrow from :Nu to the central carbon atom identify it as the nucleophile, or does it mean that there is something else acting on the molecule. Additionally, is one atom of a molecule the specific nucleophile or is it the molecule as a whole that is the nucleophile?

Ronald Yang 2F
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Re: :Nu in diagrams

Postby Ronald Yang 2F » Fri Feb 19, 2016 5:58 pm

The fact that it says "Nu" identifies it as a nucleophile. That curved arrow just refers to a transfer of electrons from ":Nu" to the electrophile, which is probably the carbon cation. Also, nucleophile and electrophile would be used for specific atoms involved in the electron transfer, not the whole molecule.

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