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Offline oakthomas

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Why don't strong bases make good leaving groups?
« on: December 07, 2020, 09:38:35 PM »
If strong bases want to dissociate, then why wouldn't it want to dissociate faster from its parent compound, making it a good leaving group?

Offline hollytara

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Re: Why don't strong bases make good leaving groups?
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2020, 10:47:20 PM »
What makes you think a strong base wants to dissociate?

A strong base wants to "associate" with a proton (Bronsted Acid) or a Lewis Acid. 

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Re: Why don't strong bases make good leaving groups?
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2020, 10:49:33 AM »
It might be helpful to think of a strong base as something that does not want to bear a negative charge.

Offline rolnor

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Re: Why don't strong bases make good leaving groups?
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2020, 11:25:14 AM »
Or as something that would loose a lot of energy by bonding to a proton or Lewis acid.

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