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Arrange the Following Compounds in Increasing Order of Their Property as Indicated: Acetaldehyde, Acetone, Di-tert-butyl Ketone, Methyl Tert-butyl Ketone (Reactivity Towards Hcn) - Chemistry

Arrange the following compounds in increasing order of their property as indicated:

Acetaldehyde, Acetone, Di-tert-butyl ketone, Methyl tert-butyl ketone (reactivity towards HCN)

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When HCN reacts with a compound, the attacking species is a nucleophile, CN. Therefore, as the negative charge on the compound increases, its reactivity with HCN decreases. In the given compounds, the +I effect increases as shown below. It can be observed that steric hindrance also increases in the same

Hence, the given compounds can be arranged according to their increasing reactivities toward HCN as:

Di-tert-butyl ketone < Methyl tert-butyl ketone < Acetone < Acetaldehyde

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NCERT Class 12 Chemistry Textbook
Chapter 12 Aldehydes, Ketones and Carboxylic Acids
Q 12.1 | Page 378
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