Nucleophile vs Electrophile

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Michael Lonsway 3O
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Nucleophile vs Electrophile

Postby Michael Lonsway 3O » Sun Feb 26, 2017 7:47 pm

How do we tell if a compound is a nucleophile or electrophile? There's a list of common ones on pg 81 of the course reader so should we only memorize those ones or is there a way to tell which type it is?

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Re: Nucleophile vs Electrophile

Postby Catherine_Zhang_1H » Sun Feb 26, 2017 8:36 pm

I would say it is good to know the list, but sometimes you can tell based on the structure of the molecule (i.e. if it has a very electronegative element, if there's a double/triple bonds with the pi bonds). If something has a partially positive charge=electrophile and partially negative charge=nucleophile

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Re: Nucleophile vs Electrophile

Postby Kristen Hazama 1I » Sun Mar 05, 2017 12:30 am

Also, according to Ashley's peer learning session, nucleophiles have lone pairs and pi bonds while electrophiles do not have a full octet/lack electrons.

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