Monday, December 9, 2013

Chapter 3, problem 18

Which of the following are electrophiles and which nucleophiles

a) H-
b) CH3O-
c) CH3C(triple bond) CH
d) CH3C+HCH3
e) NH3

Electrophiles: d
Nucleophiles; a,b,c,e

Electrophiles are electron loving compounds, they are always looking for a pair of electrons. Electrophiles usually have a positive charge, which is why d is the correct answer

Nucleophile , Electron rich. It has electrons to spare. Most nucleophiles have lone pairs or a negative charge.

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