Problem: When ethyl bromide reacts with potassium cyanide in methanol, the major product is CH3CH2CN. Some CH3CH2NC is formed as well, however. Write Lewis structures for the cyanide ion and for both products and provide a mechanistic explanation of the course of the reaction.  

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When ethyl bromide reacts with potassium cyanide in methanol, the major product is CH3CH2CN. Some CH3CH2NC is formed as well, however. Write Lewis structures for the cyanide ion and for both products and provide a mechanistic explanation of the course of the reaction.
 

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