Reaction steps

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Rachel Risoleo 3G
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Reaction steps

Postby Rachel Risoleo 3G » Sun Feb 21, 2016 11:58 pm

How do you determine which step of an organic reaction will occur first? i.e. nucleophile or electrophile? Or how do you know if these steps occur simultaneously?

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Re: Reaction steps

Postby Chem_Mod » Mon Feb 22, 2016 1:35 am

All that is known is that nucleophiles attack electrophiles, transferring electrons. Also electrons will move around to eliminate unfavorable changes if they can. Writing out the mechanism is generally a matter of memorization and good guessing, and there is no fixed procedure to arrive at any mechanism. This is why organic chemistry is its own set of classes!

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Re: Reaction steps

Postby Daniella Ching 4C » Thu Feb 25, 2016 11:08 pm

So how do we know if the steps occur at the same time or not? Would we need to know this or draw out the steps correctly for the quiz or final?

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