Problem: Consider the following reaction:(h) Is the transition state closer in structure to the reactants or products? Explain. 

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We’re being asked to determine if the transition state for the reaction is closer in structure to the reactants or products. We’re given the following energy diagram:



Recall that a transition state is the highest energy point in an energy diagram. According to the Hammond Postulate, transition states most closely resemble the species with the higher energy.


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Consider the following reaction:

(h) Is the transition state closer in structure to the reactants or products? Explain.

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