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Why does 1-chlorobutane react in an SN1 reaction?
« on: November 01, 2009, 02:26:14 PM »
In a lab experiment I had 1-chlorobutane react with AGNO3 in ethanol and get a precipitate.  Since this is a primary substrate I do not understand how it could have reacted at all in an SN1 reaction ???  I also got it to react in acetone with NaI which I understand and presumed that it would - but why and how could it have reacted with an SN1?  Thank You in advance :D

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Re: Why does 1-chlorobutane react in an SN1 reaction?
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2009, 06:26:39 PM »
How do you know it reacted by an SN1 pathway?

The silver is the key... The reaction with NaI in acetone was certainly not SN1.
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