Problem: Rank the following structures in order of decreasing electrophile strength.

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  • In nucleophilic addition, the electrophilic character of C (C=O) relies on the atoms attached to it
  • Inductive effect → occurs when electronegative atom pulls electron causing an increase in positive character for the adjacent atom
  • For this problem, we have -CF3 in 2 compounds which will exhibit inductive effect on C=O
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Rank the following structures in order of decreasing electrophile strength.

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