1. When doing the lab, benzyl chloride reacted under SN1 and SN2 conditions. Since it is a primary alkyl halide, why would it undergo an SN1 mechanism?
2. The bromobenzene in this lab was unreactive under both SN1 and SN2 conditions. Is this related to the bulkiness of the benzene ring? Any other thoughts?
3. Why under SN2 conditions would benzyl chloride react faster than 1-chlorobutane? Both are primary alkyl halides. Does this deal with the reasoning that benzyl cloride is more substituted? If so, why does that even matter?
4. Bromocyclopentane reacted more than bromocylcohexane when heated under SN2 conditions. Is the reaction intermediate more stable? That doesn't make sense to me because an SN2 mechanism is made up of the one step and an intermediate cannot be found in solution.
I am sorry for all the questions, but I do not understand these results. My instructor expects us to figure it out on our own. He did not explain it at all.