Final 2013 Q5 - Transition States

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Final 2013 Q5 - Transition States

Postby 104781135 » Fri Mar 17, 2017 10:14 pm

Can anyone please explain to me how one would come up with the transition state as shown in Q5 Part C of the 2013 Final? Which bonds are being formed/broken, and what are the two H's?

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Re: Final 2013 Q5 - Transition States

Postby Anthony Cannizzaro 3J » Sat Mar 18, 2017 12:57 pm

The transition state occurs when the electrons from the NH- are being transferred to the C with the attached OH but before the OH has been removed. The two H's are attached to the same C but aren't show initially because they are implied. They are only shown so that the molecular geometry can be more easily named.


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