Department of Pre-University Education, KarnatakaPUC Karnataka Science Class 12
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Which Would Undergo SN2 Reaction Faster in the Following Pair and Why? - Chemistry

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Which would undergo SN2 reaction faster in the following pair and why ?

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Solution

Primary alkyl halides prefer to undergo SN2 reactions than tertiary alkyl halides because of less steric hindrance experienced by the approaching nucleophile. Hence, out of the given pair (CH3−CH2−Br) would undergo SN2 reaction faster.

Concept: Hydrocarbons: Alkanes - Reactions of Haloalkanes - Nucleophilic Substitution Reactions
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