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Master Organic Chemistry Reaction Guide

SN2 reaction of water with alkyl halides to give alcohols

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

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6 thoughts on “SN2 reaction of water with alkyl halides to give alcohols

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

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

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