CHE 230

University of Kentucky

Draw the product of substitution or elimination

A common question on an organic chemistry exam is, "Draw the product of this reaction." The following instructions should help you figure out how to solve this kind of problem when it involves substitution or elimination.

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  1. Identify the electrophilic C atom.
  2. Identify the nucleophilic or basic atom, if there is one.
  3. Are the reaction conditions acidic or basic? (They may be neutral, but for purposes of this exercise, we count them as acidic or basic.)
  4. Predict whether substitution or elimination will occur.
  5. Draw the appropriate product.

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