SN2 Reactions

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SN2 Reactions

Postby DevinSandoval_1D » Mon Feb 29, 2016 5:06 pm

For a SN2 reaction, how would you go about determining the number of steps involved, transition states and intermediates? If it helps, I am referring two question 9 on the first practice quiz.

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Re: SN2 Reactions

Postby Joanna Su 2L » Mon Feb 29, 2016 5:23 pm

SN2 reactions are always one step reactions. There are no intermediates. As the hydroxide attacks bromomethane, the Br-C bonds starts to break. This would give a transition state with Br-C partially broken and C-OH partially formed.

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Re: SN2 Reactions

Postby Tanera van Diggelen 4G » Mon Feb 29, 2016 10:24 pm

If SN2 reactions are always one step, does that mean that the new bond forms at the exact same time as the old bond breaks? Also, are there any SN reactions that are more than one step?

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Re: SN2 Reactions

Postby Chem_Mod » Tue Mar 01, 2016 12:44 pm

Sn1 reactions are two-step processes. For Sn2 reactions, yes, the C-O bond is forming at the same time the C-Br bond is breaking, which can be denoted by a transition state structure.

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Re: SN2 Reactions

Postby Andrea Medina 1A » Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:52 pm

Can sn2 occur in reactions with multiple steps?

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