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Which halogen compound in each of the following pairs will react faster in SN2 reaction (CH3)3 C – Cl or CH3 – Cl - Chemistry

Which halogen compound in each of the following pairs will react faster in SN2 reaction

(CH3)3 C – Cl or CH3 – Cl

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Solution

CH3−Cl will react faster in SN2 reaction than (CH3)3 C−Cl, as CH3−Cl is a primary halide whereas (CH3)3C−Cl is a tertiary halide. Primary halides undergo SN2 reactions faster.

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