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Memory Tips

Posted: Mon Feb 22, 2016 9:02 am
by cassidy_herro_1L
Does anyone have a good memory tip to not confuse the difference between Electrophiles and Nucleophiles?

Re: Memory Tips

Posted: Mon Feb 22, 2016 9:42 am
by Amanda Nguyen 2E
The way I think about it is Electrons are like the attractive mates everyone wants, but not everyone can have.

"electro" = electrons and "-phile" means "loving." electrophiles love electrons, but unfortunately electrons don't love them back, so they are electron deficient. Nucleophiles are just the opposite. Electrons like them back so nucleophiles are electron rich.

Re: Memory Tips

Posted: Mon Feb 22, 2016 10:16 am
by Arielle Kunitz 3A
Also, if you remember that nucleophiles ATTACK electrophiles, you can think of attacking being a negative action. nucleophiles are electron dense, meaning that they have a high negative charge. so you can think of them being pessimistic! haha hope this helps :)

Re: Memory Tips

Posted: Mon Feb 22, 2016 1:28 pm
by Rachel Lipman
In class today it was mentioned that nucleophiles are basically another term for Lewis bases, so if you can remember that you can make the distinction that nucleophiles are electron rich.

Re: Memory Tips

Posted: Wed Feb 24, 2016 5:42 pm
by Amy Pai
I just go by:
Electrophile= "electron-loving" (want electron)
Nucleophile= "nucleus-loving" (want positive stuff)

The whole electrophiles are electron-deficient and nucleophiles are electron-rich can thus be deduced.
Deducing it logically from their names (to me) is much simpler than memorizing which is e- deficient and which is e- rich.

Re: Memory Tips

Posted: Thu Feb 25, 2016 7:08 pm
by Crystal Eshraghi 2L
You can also think of nucleophiles as being "negative" because both words start with the letter N; thus, having a negative charge would cause the nucleophile to be electron-rich. All you have to do from there is just remember that electrophiles are the opposite of nucleophiles!

Re: Memory Tips

Posted: Mon Feb 29, 2016 10:24 pm
by ssendhil
For me this is where the whip and nae nae come into play. Not necessarily the whip but NAE helps me remember N-ucleophiles A-ttack E-lectrophiles. Hope this helps.

Re: Memory Tips

Posted: Sun Mar 06, 2016 11:11 am
by Melissa Kulon 2D
These are all really good tips! It would also be helpful to just memorize some of the major ones, considering all the ones on the quiz were common ones we had seen before.

Re: Memory Tips

Posted: Mon Mar 07, 2016 9:18 am
by Christopher Lew 1L
Nucleophiles -> Nucleus-> positive-> phile -> wants positive stuff -> electron rich
Electrophiles -> Electron -> negative ->phile -> wants negative stuff -> electron deficient