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How to Use a pKa Table

Today we’ll talk about an incredibly important skill that might take some time to grasp but pays tremendous dividends. We’ll go through the exact details of how to use a pKa table. Understanding the proper use of a pKa table will give you the ability to recognize which acid-base reactions will happen and which will not. This will come up a lot as you progress through Org 1 and Org 2. It might be helpful to go back and review some of the factors that affect acidity that were talked about earlier.

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The pKa Table Is Your Friend

The importance of pKas in organic chemistry can’t be overestimated, in my opinion.  Not knowing pKa’s in organic chemistry is like not knowing the value

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3 Factors That Stabilize Carbocations

Three main factors increase the stability of carbocations: Increasing the number of adjacent carbon atoms: methyl (least stable carbocation) < primary < secondary < tertiary  (most

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