Problem: For the following SN2 reaction, draw the organic and inorganic products of the reaction, and identify the nucleophile, substrate, and leaving group.

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We’re being asked to draw the organic and inorganic products of the given SN2 reaction.



Recall that the SN2 reaction follows a backside attack from the nucleophile:



Because of the backside attack, the SN2 reaction results in the inversion of configuration for chiral centers.


In an SN2 reaction, we have:

nucleophile: a negatively-charged species or a molecule with a lone pair (Lewis base)

• substrate: the molecule that is attacked by the nucleophile

• leaving group: the group that is removed from the substrate and replaced by the nucleophile


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For the following SN2 reaction, draw the organic and inorganic products of the reaction, and identify the nucleophile, substrate, and leaving group.

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