We are asked determine which substitution mechanism occurs.
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For the following reaction, use the identity of the alkyl halide and nucleophile to determine which substitution mechanism occurs. Then determine which solvent affords the faster reaction.
a) SN1, CH3OH
b) SN1, DMSO
c) SN2, CH3OH
d) SN2, DMSO
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