Problem: Indicate whether the following reaction involves C—O or O—H bond cleavage of the alcohol molecule. a) C—O bond cleavage b) O—H bond cleavage c) Both C—O and O—H bond cleavage.

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We can see in the reaction that OH became O- and NH2+ became NH3:

  • This means OH was deprotonated by NH2-
  • There is an O-H bond cleavage.

  • What happens next is -O- attacks the alkyl halide. 


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Indicate whether the following reaction involves C—O or O—H bond cleavage of the alcohol molecule. 

a) C—O bond cleavage 

b) O—H bond cleavage 

c) Both C—O and O—H bond cleavage.

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