The Awesomeness Of The SN2
There aren’t too many mathematical formulas in organic chemistry, but there are definitely “reaction formulas”. Since reactions follow very specific patterns of bond-forming and bond-breaking events between nucleophiles and electrophiles, it’s possible to do a bit of “plugging and chugging” in this vein.
I just wanted to share with you a little graphic on how powerful and awesome the SN2 reaction is. If you start with an alkyl halide – primary or secondary – and add a nucleophile, the number of different products you can get are amazing.
See how many different functional groups you can make through this reaction!
Tomorrow – back to elimination reactions!
Thanks for reading! James