Difference between SN2 Reaction and Electrophilic Addition

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Sebastian Hurtado 1J
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Difference between SN2 Reaction and Electrophilic Addition

Postby Sebastian Hurtado 1J » Tue Mar 01, 2016 10:59 pm

What is the difference between a bimolecular nucleophilic substitution reaction (SN2) and an electrophilic addition reaction? I know the former involves the addition of an electrophile while the latter involve the substitution of a nucleophile, but when given a chemical reaction formula, how would you determine which type of reaction it is? Are there specific differences between the two, e.g. number of steps?

Caroline Chen 2A
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Re: Difference between SN2 Reaction and Electrophilic Additi

Postby Caroline Chen 2A » Tue Mar 01, 2016 11:14 pm

For an addition reaction, you take two things and make one. For a substitution reaction, you take two things and end with two things.


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