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Sn2 reactions

Sn2 Reactions

Sn2 reactions

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Can you provide exercise problems for these reactions & other chem topics like the way it's done for math?
I've already fell in love with the clarity and precision of Sal's teaching, but having science exercise problems would really be the icing on the cake for me!
A problem on my book asks to predict wich compound will undergo the SN2 reaction fster, how can you predict that??
1) something called "steric hinderance", basically you look at the 3 groups attached to the carbon that isn't the leaving group and you see how big the substituents are. so in this example, the 3 H's offer little resistance in terms of bulk for the reaction to occur. if you have 2 H's and an R group (R denotes any C-C.. bonds like a methyl or ethyl), the rate will be less because the R group hinders the backside attack due to its size, this is also called a "primary electrophilic carbon". then there is a secondary with 2 R's and 1 H, and this goes all the way to "tertiary electrophilic carbon" where you have all 3 groups as R groups, this rate of reaction is near 0 because there is so much steric hinderance that the nucleophile simply can't reach the electrophile.

2) the more polarizable the lone pairs of the nucleophile the better. so RS- is better than RO- because the S has larger and more diffuse orbitals due to the 3s and 3p vs the 2s and 2p of O. so I->Br->Cl->F-

3) also, as a side note, charged nucleophiles are better than uncharged ones, so for example: RS->ROH or H2O

hope this helps, have a nice day
I have found your videos to be extremely helpful. I have several instances that you clarified something that helped things "click." However, I need some guidance regarding 1,2 methyl 1,2 alkyl shift, hydride shift as well as ring expansion shift and reactions with Br2 and wather. I couldn't find a video that seemed to discuss these specifically. I appreciate any assistance that you can provide or pointing me to the correct place for instruction. Thank you. Regina
hydride shift is nothing but our apporach to make our carbocation more stable like tertiary > secondary >> primary.
What would happen if you had an R-2-bromobutane and the nucleophile was sodium hydroxide instead of pure hydroxide. Would that matter?
Pure hydroxide doesn't really exist by itself. If you dissolve NaOH in water, you'll get a Na+ ion (that doesn't do a lot since it's soluble) and an -OH ion (which is the hydroxide you want). So I would say it doesn't matter.
Nucleuses. Cute. :)
That's almost as bad as ignoramuses.
Why does the Br leave?
The Br leaves because the C atom cannot be bonded to five atoms at the same time (This would violate the octet rule). Something has to give. The C-O bond is stronger than a C-Br bond (360 kJ/mol vs288 kJ/mol), so C-O wins and the Br has to leave. Also, there is such a thing as momentum. If the O atom hits the back side of the carbon atom hard enough, some of that energy is transferred to the Br atom.
It is as if you were choking on a piece of meat. If I hit you behind the shoulders hard enough, the offending piece if meet will come flying out of your mouth in front.
is it necessary to show that eighth electron on bromide ion even when putting a -ve sign above Br????
Yes! Because if you don't put the eighth electron, Br will just be neutral.
why are weak bases considered the best leaving group?
A weak base means a stronger conjugate acid. Weak bases are stable. Stronger acids are more reactive, meaning they are more likely to react with a nucleophile, and the weak base is more likely to leave.
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I don't know if this question has been answered, and that I've just missed it. But what exactly is "partial negativity"?
When you have a polar covalent bond then one end is more positive and one end more negative. They are not charged enough to be ionic and have a full charge. So these ends are called "partial" negative charges.
I mean, whats in the name?! - partial negative, meaning slightly negative -so, thats what it is!
Figured I would watch this for some help with my Organic chem workbook for dummies questions. Can anyone assist? its not homework im trying to understand the book. Im trying to understand sn2 reactions, in the first question in chapter 10 it has a carbon chain with a BR at end, then KOH as substitution, then somehow the K disappears to leave a carbon chain with OH at end, I cant understand why?
The overall reaction is
R-Br + KOH → R-OH + KBr (the "molecular" equation)
But we must remember that compounds like KOH and KBr are ionic compounds.So we really should write the reaction as
RBr + K+ + OH- → ROH + K+ + Br- (the "ionic" equation)
We see that the K+ appears on both sides of the equation. It does not really participate in the reaction. Its only function is to balance the charges on the OH- and Br- ions. We call it a _spectator_ ion.Since it does not participate in the reaction, we can cancel it from each side of the equation and get
R-Br + OH- → R-OH + Br- (the "net ionic" equation).
We often omit spectator ions from equations.
Hope this helps.
Hi there I am confused. The first Sn2 step in this video is the same as the first Sn1 step in the other video and the only difference is the different reactants. So for this Sn2 reaction we could also say this is an Sn1 reaction couldn't we? Because the first rate determining step only involves one molecule as well......
In an SN2 reaction, the leaving group leaves at the same time as the nucleophile attacks,all in one rate-determining step. Since the nucleophile and the substrate are both involved in this step, this is a second order (SN2) nucleophilic substitution.
In an SN1 reaction, the leaving group leaves all by itself in a rate-determining step. The nucleophile doesn’t attack until later..Since only the substrate is involved in the rate determining step, this is a first-order (SN1) nucleophilic substitution.
The two mechanisms are quite different.
When do you go ahead with sn2 reactions as opposed to sn1 or e2, e1 reactions?
When you have a primary carbon (that the LG is attached to) a polar aprotic solvent, or a strong nucleophile (that is not a strong base). It could be any combination of these 3 variables. It just takes a lot of practice to understand it well.
Is it that the more electro-negative an atom is, the more likely it is to form bonds by sharing electrons? Or will it be more likely to pull electrons away, breaking bonds?
electronegative atoms are in search for electrons .. so they are more likely to form bonds by sharing ( covalents bond ) so the atom has a partial positive charge and a partial negative charge
Why is the norbornyl cation so stable? Is it symmetrical? If so, why?
Just this year, X-ray diffraction proved that the norbornyl cation is symmetrical. You can see a drawing of the structure in
The norbornyl cation is a non-classical ion. Its structure involves the sharing of two valence electrons by three atoms: C6, C1, and C2.
It is not easy to explain the stability of the norbornyl cation. A clue may come from the structure itself: the C6-C1 and C6-C2 bonds are equal in length, but the C1-C2 bond is remarkably short.
If the original positive charge was on C2, we could re-hybridize C1 and C6 to get two p orbitals. These, plus the vacant p orbital on C2, give us essentially a cyclopropenium cation, without two of the frame-work σ bonds. That may be why the cation is so stable: under this interpretation, we could consider it as a Hückel aromatic π system with n = 0. It is as if we had a π bond (as well as a σ bond) between C1 and C2, with a lobe of a p orbital from C6 sticking into the π system.
What is the origin of the bond rotation barrier in ethane, steric hindrance or hyperconjugation?
There is no consensus on this.
The two explanations are that the eclipsed state is less stable (van der Waals repulsions) or that the staggered state is more stable (hyperconjugation).
We have learned that the electron clouds surrounding H atoms repel each other. Indeed, at distances of less than 210 pm, two H atoms do repel. At longer distances, they attract. The maximum attraction occurs at about 240 pm. The distance between eclipsed hydrogen atoms in ethane is about 230 pm, so the H atoms should be attracting rather than repelling each other.
Another explanation is that the rotational barrier arises because hyperconjugation makes the staggered conformation more stable. It arises because in the antiperiplanar staggered conformation, the bonding σ orbital of one C-H bond is oriented perfectly to overlap with the σ* orbital of an antiperiplanar C-H bond on the adjacent carbon atom. This interaction leads to a lower energy situation.
We would represent this as H-CH₂-CH₂-H <—> H⁺ CH2=CH2 H⁻
In staggered ethane, there are six (equivalent) antiperiplanar interactions of this type. They are not major contributors, but they do contribute. This makes the staggered form more stable than the eclipsed form.
what is a nucleophile (Nu:) and how do you know how to find out which is a nucleophile when you have an equation?
'Nucleophile' literally means 'nucleus-loving'. Since nuclei are positively charged due to its protons, and a nucleophile is attracted to it, therefore a nucleophile must be negatively charged, partially or wholly.

The oxygen in water has a partial negative charge and can behave as a nucleophile

The chloride ion has a whole negative charge and it also can behave as a nucleophile
Why SN2 mechanism have one step reaction?
The simple answer is that SN2 mechanisms happen in one step because this is the lowest energy pathway to get from the starting material to the products (for reactions that follow this mechanism). If the mechanism were to be two steps (like in an SN1 reaction), then there would be a carbocation intermediate. If this carbocation intermediate is not very stable (e.g. a primary carbocation) then a one-step SN2 mechanism is more likely since it avoids forming a carbocation, thus avoiding this unstable/high-energy intermediate.
What is the definition of a nucleophile?
*Nucleophile* means "nucleus loving". A nucleophile is a chemical species that donates an electron pair to the positive nuclear charge of an electron-poor species (an electrophile) to form a covalent bond.
All molecules or ions with a lone pair of electrons or at least one π bond can act as nucleophiles. Because nucleophiles donate electrons, they are by definition Lewis bases.
when the hydroxide molecules reacted why did bromide ion got separated why not hydrogen?
There are various methods of determining what is the best "Leaving group" in a molecule. They all lead to the same answer but depends which figures you find easier to learn.

Method 1: Bond strength,
The Carbon to Hydrogen bond is one of the strongest bonds in chemistry at roughly 420kJ per mol. As the bond strength decreases the more likely the group is to leave. Bromine a much weaker bond with hydrogen at roughly 300kJ per mol, (the weakest possible is around 200kJ per mol). So the process that requires has the lowest activation, or input energy, will happen.

Method 2; pKa of Conj. Base.
The pKa of the conjugate base of the leaving group is another more complex method for working out the best leaving group. I tend to use this one as I have a better picture in my head of pKa's rather than Bond strengths.
The conjugate base of Bromine is Hydrogen Bromide (HBr). This has a pKa value of -9. The lower the pKa value of the Conj. Base the more stable the leaving group will be. So Br- is a very good leaving group.

Use whichever method you find easier. Hope I've helped.
How would you differentiate whether it is a SN2 or an SN1 reaction by just looking at the compounds?
Generally, a primary alkyl halide reacts by SN2, and a tertiary alkyl halide reacts by SN1. A secondary alkyl halide can react by either mechanism, but more frequently by SN2.
What exactly makes the E- want to to go to the carbon? Is it the partial + on that side of the molecule? It seems more intuitive to me that it would always just take the H, making an elimination reaction..
The electron is attracted to the most positive part of the molecule. The electroegativity difference between C and Br is greater than the difference between C and H. The C-Br is polar, with the positive end at the carbon atom. Although the C-H bond is slightly polar, the polarity is so small that we usually consider a C-H bond to be effectively nonpolar.
So you are correct. It is the partially positively charged carbon that becomes a target for the electrons of the nucleophile.
why transition state is rate determining step as you said
because its slow step
where i can find about rate determining step on khan academy
at 10:43 and also some time before where the heck did that hydrogen go after oh group attatched to the carbon.Did it from bond with HBR?
What is the nature of strong bonds between organic-sulfur (and higher chalcogen) compounds and gold?
why is it that in an sn2 reactions needs a strong base which is a good nuc but in sn1 its a poor nuc weak base.
It's a matter of relative rates. A strong nucleophile doesn't wait for the leaving group to leave. It attacks the partially positive α carbon first, forcing the leaving group to leave (SN2).
If the nucleophile is weak to attack the partially positive α carbon, the leaving group will leave first (SN1). Then the nucleophile can attack the fully positive α carbon.
Why do the HYDROXIDE have a negative Charge on it ?
please explain.
The more electronegative oxygen atom is attached to hydrogen ,oxygen has two bonds ,one bond with hydrogen and other another free bond which is satisfied with a negative charge.
Why can't the OH- interact with Br to form BrOH instead of react with the Carbon?
They're both fully negatively charged, and would therefore repel each other. Both negative ions (anions) would be attracted to a positive ion (cation) such as a proton, H+.
8:37.the substrate is i think is the reacting species.that is CH3Br
Yes, that is correct.
I am not getting a video on friedel crafts alkylation, plz help me in this topic.
At 10:50, what's the sign you've placed at the top of the transition state parenthesis?
The sign is called a "double dagger" (‡). It is the symbol that chemists use to indicate that a structure is a transition state.
Is this a common convention for writing mechanisms? I have never seen the SN2 mechanism described in terms of the the movement of single electrons. These mechanisms are always described via the movement of pairs of electrons. The reasons for this are that there are 2 electrons in a bond, and describing the mechanism this way will make radical mechanisms very confusing. Sal seems to be suggesting that in a 2 electron bond, one electron belongs to each atom. I do not think that this is a good way to conceptualize organic chemistry. In a covalent bond, we describe the two electrons as being shared. Furthermore, in C-O bond and O-H bonds most of the electron density is located around the more electronegative oxygen atom. This concept serves as the foundation for rationalizing the movement of electrons in these mechanisms.

The proton transfer to generate a hydroxide ion should be drawn with an oxygen lone pair of electrons from one water molecule attacking one of the protons on another water molecule. Simultaneously, both electrons in the breaking O-H bond should be shown as forming the new lone pair on the hydroxide ion product. The SN2 mechanism should be drawn by showing one of the oxygen lone pairs attacking the electrophillic carbon and both electrons in the C-Br bond leaving with the bromide.
Yes you are correct. Although I like the effort put into these videos, the most befuddling aspect is the author's use of "one electron" transfers to explain heterolytic mechanisms.
This is NOT a common convention in the videos, in fact I would say it causes more confusion, is inaccurate, and will mislead you from the actual convention for writing mechanisms that organic chemists follow. Just stating a fact.
Hey, Sal, you're confusing me a bit with the rotation of the bromomethane molecule. The way you drew the second molecule with the hydrogen coming out on the right side (instead of on the left as in the first image), it looks like a different molecule (regardless of the OH group). I tried it in a 3D viewer, and if you claim the blue hydrogen in the second molecule is the same as the blue hydrogen in the first molecule, then the bromine (or the OH group) would be in the back
ok, I think I see it now
Great video! Can you create a video giving the rules of arrow pushing/electron pushing?
Sal said that an Sn2 reaction would be fast, but why? Just that it happens in 1 step is not a reson for it. There are thousand of reactions that are 1 step but takes a hell lot of time?
please can you explain again.
i didn't get why the reaction will be fast...
isn't the symbol at the top right of the transition state suppose to be a charge, either positive or negative? Thanks!
There no positive or negative. IT's not a charge. It is a "double dagger". The double dagger represents kinetic parameters and is representative of the Energy of activation. (They are not equal however). anyway. double dagger=transition state
This video is super helpful and gives all the details you need to know about Sn2 reactions! But practice problems would really be great too!! Textbook problems are never helpful because even the solutions don't go into detail about why one answer is correct over another.
what is charge on the transition state
i think the total charge should be (-1)
but that happens in a very small amont of time may be 10^(-23) seconds or so.

please don't take the numbers seriously.
Could you also call the starting molecule 2-bromo-isobutane?
No, it only has 1 carbon so it's a methane. It's called methyl bromide, or bromomethane.
I watching this video I notice that the sn2 rxn is being shown in the reverse of how I think about it. I think that the rxn has an OH bonded to a Carbon chain in an acid/base solution. So that in the first step the OH is protonated to OH2+ by the H-X where X is F,Cl,Br,I. then the next step is where X hits the carbon with the OH2+. The electrons move to make H2O and the X is then bonded to the Carbon chain, if that makes any sense
Does the Carbon in CH3Br (name?) Methyl bromine? have a partial positive charge because BR is more electronegative?
Exactly.Generally for elements commonly used in Organic Chemistry, Electronegativity increases to the top and right on the periodic table as you move towards fluorine. This isn't a perfect rule in all chemistry, but I found a really good pictorial map of electronegativities here if you want the exact pattern:

I like nucleuseses rather than nuclei :D

it's rather enjoyable. My own organic teacher taught us the same way, to make teaching more fun.
Duckies, Gooses, and Oxes too :D
what about aromatic compunds ? do they prefer sn1 or sn2 ?
Aromatic groups will undergo SnAr reactions, which is a different subset of substitution reactions.
At 04:00 Sal defines nucleophile is attracted to nucleuses. Why is that specifically so?

As we know from electronegativity (Br has 2.96 C has 2.55 and H has 2.20) partial charges are being induced in the molecule so that Br has partial negative charge relative to others and H atoms partially positive charge.

So why does that nucleophile essentially "attack" the nucleus namely the Carbon atom? Is that a statistical phenomena? (meaning on average the attack is mainly towards nucleus)
Are not positively charged H-atoms "attacked" as well by the nucleophile because opposites attract.

It seems really abstract that we can just say hey, this will be a Sn2-reaction, just believe it or not.
so i have a problem to figure out why the OH, which is nucleophil, attacks the nucleus of the carbon and not the nucleus of one of the Hydrogens, when all those are much easier to attack, because they point out from the molecule. one idea is that the nucleus of the carbon is bigger, therefor more positive and that makes a higer attraction to the OH. is that right?

ps: thank you so so much for all these awesome videos!!!
My guess is electronegativity (kind of). Basically, the eletrons of the C-H bond are closer to the nucleus of the carbon than that of the hydrogen (which is why its so easy for the Hydrogens to be plucked off by atoms such as Br, Cl, F, etc.). Oxygen likes to hog electron density and if it takes an H, there won't be much electron density to hog. However, if it attached to the carbon, then it can hog the electron density of a carbon AND two other hydrogens. if you look at the electronegitivty of alkyl halides, the halogen usually has most of the electronegativity, giving it a slightly negative charge. This isn't the best explanation but i hope it kind of puts things in perspective. Halogens and nuclephiles are greedy and prefer to attack to an atom or molecule that will allow them to "hog" more electrons
this is confusing me. well, at first it's clear but when i listened to MCAT Osmosis talking about SN1 and SN2 reaction, they said SN1 has two reactants involved and SN2 is the fastest step. apparently in SN1 you have a tertiary carbocation making it difficult for the weak base to attack but because reactions happen simultaneously, once halogen attached to the tertiary carbocation leaves, that's when the weak base gets the chance to attack. the slow attack is the rate determining step. so now i'm left confused of which is the truth!!!
Let me see if I can help with this, so you are so what right, in that Sn2 rxn have a tertiary carbon making it very hard for the weak base to hit the carbon in the right way, with the right amount of energy to form the products and this all happens in one step making it very slow. In a Sn1 rxn there are three steps to make the products but even with the more steps Sn1 are still faster and will be the majority of how the products are formed
Hey, What's the full form of Sn2 ???
Bimolecular nucleophilic substitution.
Sal says the CH3Br isn't a chiral molecule. How does that work? I tried to get it to look like when's it's flipped, and it didn't work. Can someone explain it to me? Am I wrong, or is Sal wrong?

Well I think to also be considered a chiral carbon, the carbon has to be attached to four different groups. Since CH3Br is attached to three hydrogens, it cannot be considered chiral.
Are all reactions that include nucleophiles and substitution Sn2 reactions?
No, SN2 is only one type of substitution with nucleophiles. They could also be SN1.
at around 6:47 he said hydroxyl group substituted br group,hence its name is substitution but we can also think that br is eliminated them my point of view it is elimination reaction,please explain if i am missing something
Right, but substitution means it is _taking the place of_ something else. The OH is taking the place of Br.

In elimination reactions, you're eliminating a particular leaving group, and it results in a double bond.
Double headed arrows indicate transfer of two electrons. @2:30 what's happening is the two electrons in the OH bond are given to the O atom (one originally O's and the other H's) giving it the negative charge.
What does this man not know? Amazing, even years later.
what is the mechanism reactions for 2-(t-Butyl-amino)-3'-chloropropiophenone hydrochloride? how do we know the reaction mechanisms?
You have an amine, a ketone, and an aromatic ring, aryl chloride.

Every one of these can undergo a separate reaction mechanism depending on the reagents.. It depends on the reagents used....Do you know? or are you supposed to synthesize this molecule?
Then you can consider mechanism.
You have portrayed this as virtually a free-radical reaction when in fact it is one which does not proceed via a free radical state but an anionic state. Why have you chosen to do it this way?
Why does the bromine "drop off" and not the OH group?
A chiral carbon is one that has four different groups attached to it.
Why do the hydrogens switch places when the O-H connects to the central carbon?
If the OH attacks from the left, all the other bonds will move to the right in order to get out of the way, minimize electron repulsions, and still maintain an sp³ hybridization. This is called _inversion of configuration_ .
Sorry, I'm confused as to why OH is a nucleophile. If O has 7 electrons, wouldn't it want an extra electron to make a full octet, rather than giving one away?
The O atom is not giving away an electron. When it forms a bond to the C atom, it still has eight electrons in its valence shell.
which book should i use for practicing n for theory(organic)???
Organic Chemistry by John McMurry 8th Ed. pretty pricey though you may be able to get it at your local library
11:06.what is the hybridisation of carbon in the transition state
Even there its going to be Sp3 hybridisation.
Why are some organic reactions accelerated at the water-organic interface?
What effect does the does the difference in arrangement of the alkane chain have on the rate of hydrolysis?
how would you describe stereospecific
_Stereospecific_ refers to a reaction or process in which starting materials that differ _only_ in their configuration produce different stereoisomers as products.
just a little confused. How can you tell from the reaction, or by the look at the reaction that this will be an sn2 reaction??
in this video when sal drew the transition state he showed carbon connected with both bromine and hydroxyl ion and the three hydrogens respectively.how can sp3 hybridised carbon be pentavalent?
No, I think you might be mistaken. Sp3 hybridized carbon can only be tetravalent, which means, it has 4 free bonds.
when you showed the transition step you had a partial negative charge on both reactions. should one be partial positive charge and one be negative?
? I have taken orgo chem before, and this is a really messy way to explain the reactions. You should explain what the different leaving groups generally are, and how to figure out if one group is a better LG than another, and also a list of nucleophiles and how they rank in nucleophilicity and why would be incredibly helpful- rather than one random example which is very simplistic and won't help you apply it to other sn2 reactions.
tell me what is hyderogenesis
HYDROGENESIS is another term for condensation.
What are nucleophilic centres ?
Nucleophilic means nucleus-loving (proton-loving) so they must be negative. A nucleophilic centre is an area of negative charge on a molecule.

This could be in the form of lone pairs (i.e., the oxygen in methanol) or a partial negative charge (i.e., one of the oxygens in nitrate)
When do we say that a group has been added to a compound ?
Please help.
Thank you.
I would have liked to see what the rate determining step was. Could someone clear this up for me?

Example - Rate: [ ? ] [ ? ]
I'm so confused,if Bromine has 8 total electrons,doesn't that mean it's octet is complete? So it should be neutral? Instead it gets a negative charge . .
A neutral bromine atom has seven valence electrons. If it gains an electron to complete its octet, it gains a negative charge and becomes a bromide ion.
i am not getting why there is a inversion of configuration at the stereogenic center
Hey, I noticed that my professor sometimes draws the symbol on the top right of the transition state but some times he doesn't, is it always necessary?
also, can you explain the difference between a back-side and front-side attack?
At 3:26 in the video, shouldn't this be a transition state when the Bromine leaves and the hydroxide moves in?
can anyone tell me how to convert benzene to phenol?
when i came across this question i thought it would first undergo halogenation......
then it would react with NaOH to give phenol....
i dont know if it is right or wrong.... can someone tell me please?
I think is something like this:
C6H5-NaO + HX->C6H5-OH+NaX
Does Sn2 occur spontaneously and if not what are the necessary conditions (temperature, pressure etc.) or catalysts needed?
I understand how Addition, Elimination (E1 , E2 or E1CB) Substitution (SN1 , SN2) and Rearrangemen reactions occur..

However, i do not understand which reaction mechanism has to be followed when for what solvent, reagent or substrate...
Does it need to be mugged up?

For example,
CH3CH-Br-CH2CH3 + OH- follows SN2 mechanism , i.e. it first reaches a transition state and then we get the product which is CH3CH-OH-CH2CH3OH + Br-

But i cannot understand why does not it follow SN1 mechanism i.e. it first becomes a carbocation and then OH- bonds with it.

Similarly, i cannot understand by seeing the solvent, reagent or substrate which reaction mechanism will be followed...
Everyone has this difficulty and some people never understand the reasons. A secondary bromide like the one you show could undergo Sn1 reaction if you do not use a high concentration of good nucleophile in a protic solvent.

I'd elaborate....but there are errors in your product...you have a diol apparently...is that just a typo? Are you sure you understand how substitution occurs?
Did he not make a mistake when he redrew the whole thing after the substitution? That hydrogen went to the other side. It's a different grouping if you will. Not sure why that's so, didn't understand the explanation. What's more, in the Sn2 stereochemistry he redraws it differently again, so I'm a bit perplexed here. Help anyone? :)
you mean the 3-D structure related to the three hydrogens ?
if yes then see,
the hydrogens are not actually at the place they should be.
because as the Br- leaves , and the OH- comes and joins with the carbon , the two hydrogens are pushed towards the space created as the Br- leaves.
atleast i think of it like that.
hope i didn't confuse you.
just think about it in 3-Dimension and you will get it better.
why the structure of the molecule is being flipped over? sal no explain it in video?
can it be explained more detail?
@aashish4195: There are indeed four atoms bonded to the carbon, but there are three hydrogens and one bromine, which means there are two different types of group - the hydrogens and the bromine. Now imagine you swap *any* two of the groups bonded to the carbon round. If you then rotate the whole molecule you still end up with what you started with. This means there is no chirality (any arrangement of the molecule will always be superimposable on another).
Sn2, is bimolecular and second order Reaction, right????
Does the nucleophile have to have a greater electronegativity than the halide initially attached to the carbon for the nuclephile to attach to the substrate and begin the reaction?
In case of SN2 reactions is it necessary that every time inversion would take place....can retension occur in these reactions..?
whats inversion and retension ?
Pleural of nucleus is NUCLEI,
Great video as always...
Plural doesn't have an e, and "nucleuses" doesn't have an is :-)
why dosen't regular water just start producing hydronium and hydroxide ions on it's own ?
Water produces hydronium and hydroxide ions all the time. It is known as the autodissocation of water. From general chemistry we know Kw=1x10^-14. That's a small number but a very real phenomenon with significant consequences.
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At 2:33, Sal said "single bonds" but meant "covalent bonds."

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