Here is the best flowchart you’ll ever learn in your life. Seriously.
Professors rarely tell you which mechanisms to use. Instead, they’ll give you a set of reagents and ask you to figure it out yourself. This flowchart basically explains that entire process. Let’s go!
When do you use this flowchart? Whenever you have a nucleophile and a GOOD leaving group.
In general, the left side of the flowchart predicts SN2 /E2 mechanisms, and the right side predicts SN1/E1 mechanisms, but there are exceptions.
Use the Big Daddy Flowchart to solve the following questions.
Problem: Predict the mechanism for the following reaction.2m
Problem: Determine the mechanism and predict the product(s) of the following reaction.6m
Problem: Predict the mechanism for the following reaction7m