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Postby Dianna Grigorian 1C » Fri Feb 24, 2017 3:05 pm

I understand that the nucleophile is the electron rich species that likes a positively charged nucleus. Does this mean that the nucleophiles have a net negative charge and are attracted to the positive charge on other elements?

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Re: Nucleophiles

Postby edhuang » Fri Feb 24, 2017 6:20 pm

This is very often true, but not always. For example, H2O has a net neutral charge, but because the O atom has a partial negative charge due to its large electronegativity, it can be considered a nucleophile as well. Other examples in the course reader include NH3 and NH2CH3.

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Re: Nucleophiles

Postby Jenny_Thompson_3I » Sat Feb 25, 2017 10:25 am

Many times it depends on the formal charge of the central atom. If the formal charge is negative then the species will be a nucleophile and will be attracted to positively charged particles.

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