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What is a halide?

Posted: Wed May 29, 2013 10:10 pm
by Chem_Mod
Question: What is a halide? Is it the same as a halogen and are they usually electrophiles or nucleophiles?

Re: What is a halide?

Posted: Wed May 29, 2013 10:11 pm
by Chem_Mod
Answer: A halide is a terminal halogen (a halogen that is attached to an end in a carbon chain). Halides are generally nucleophiles but they can be either an electrophile or a nucleophile depending on what else is connected to the halogen.