Organic Chemistry Practice Problems Substitution Comparison Practice Problems Solution: In contrast to SN2 reactions, SN1 reactions show r...

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. (a) Provide an explanation for this behavior.  

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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. (a) Provide an explanation for this behavior.