Ch. 7 - Substitution ReactionsSee all chapters
All Chapters
Ch. 1 - A Review of General Chemistry
Ch. 2 - Molecular Representations
Ch. 3 - Acids and Bases
Ch. 4 - Alkanes and Cycloalkanes
Ch. 5 - Chirality
Ch. 6 - Thermodynamics and Kinetics
Ch. 7 - Substitution Reactions
Ch. 8 - Elimination Reactions
Ch. 9 - Alkenes and Alkynes
Ch. 10 - Addition Reactions
Ch. 11 - Radical Reactions
Ch. 12 - Alcohols, Ethers, Epoxides and Thiols
Ch. 13 - Alcohols and Carbonyl Compounds
Ch. 14 - Synthetic Techniques
Ch. 15 - Analytical Techniques: IR, NMR, Mass Spect
Ch. 16 - Conjugated Systems
Ch. 17 - Aromaticity
Ch. 18 - Reactions of Aromatics: EAS and Beyond
Ch. 19 - Aldehydes and Ketones: Nucleophilic Addition
Ch. 20 - Carboxylic Acid Derivatives: NAS
Ch. 21 - Enolate Chemistry: Reactions at the Alpha-Carbon
Ch. 22 - Condensation Chemistry
Ch. 23 - Amines
Ch. 24 - Carbohydrates
Ch. 25 - Phenols
Ch. 26 - Amino Acids, Peptides, and Proteins

Substitution Comparison

See all sections
Sections
Nucleophilic Substitution
Good Leaving Groups
SN2 Reaction
SN1 reaction
Substitution Comparison
Additional Practice
Physical Properties of RX
Ion Pairing Effects
Additional Guides
Alkyl Halide

Solution: In contrast to SN2 reactions, SN1 reactions show relatively little nucleophile selectivity. That is, when more than one nucleophile is present in the reaction medium, SN1 reactions show only a slight tendency to discriminate between weak nucleophiles and strong nucleophiles, whereas SN2 reactions show a marked tendency to discriminate. (b) Show how your answer accounts for the following:  

Problem

In contrast to SN2 reactions, SN1 reactions show relatively little nucleophile selectivity. That is, when more than one nucleophile is present in the reaction medium, SN1 reactions show only a slight tendency to discriminate between weak nucleophiles and strong nucleophiles, whereas SN2 reactions show a marked tendency to discriminate. (b) Show how your answer accounts for the following: