number of steps in reaction mechanism

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Joyce Zhang 2D
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number of steps in reaction mechanism

Postby Joyce Zhang 2D » Sun Mar 05, 2017 4:37 pm

I did 4.26 and 4.34.. how do we know how many steps are in the reaction mechanism?

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Re: number of steps in reaction mechanism

Postby garrett_perozich » Sun Mar 05, 2017 5:16 pm

The difference between these two is that, in problem 34, we are given the products, and as we can see, our hydroxide stays as a hydroxide. So, this would only be one step, since our O is still bonded to our H. In 26, we have to first break our HI up and attach our H to the carbon, but we now have an I left, so this requires another step.


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