posted by Marissa on .
How would you expect the following series of compounds to compare in behavior for SN1 vs SN2?
on the last one, Br is a substituent of the C and that C is double bonded to CHCH3
Please help! Even if someone could just help me get started on it, I am completely lost.
Woops, sorry Marissa for the delay; just saw your question!
Remember, Sn1 reactions are based on the stability of the carbocations formed in the intermediate step. And Sn2 is favored if the carbocation formed is very unstable, thus it occurs in 1 step, without the intermediate carbocation. Do you know which of these 3 would form the most stable carbocation?