SN2 reaction of water with alkyl halides to give alcohols

by James

Description: Primary or methyl halides (or tosylates) will react with water to give alcohols. This is an SN2 reaction.
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Rosemary Flynn

Why does it say NaOH instead of H20?

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james

NaOH is a much better nucleophile than water; for practical purposes it’s much faster to use than H2O.

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Alexander Peltekoff

But isn’t the point of this slide to show “SN2 reaction of water with alkyl halides to give alcohols”?

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James

Thank you, I need to fix this!

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Rhiannon Spritzer

is this going to be changed soon?

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James

Fixed.

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