Problem: Each of the following carbocations has the potential to rearrange to a more stable one. Write the structure of the rearranged carbocation, and use curved arrows to show how it is formed. 

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We’re being asked to draw a more stable carbocation for the given carbocation.



Recall that carbocations undergo rearrangements, which increases stability. The types of possible rearrangements are:

1,2-Hydride Shift: occurs when a hydrogen is on an adjacent, more stable carbon

• 1,2-Alkyl Shift: occurs when a small alkyl group is on an adjacent, more stable carbon

• Ring Expansion: occurs when a carbocation is adjacent to a 3, 4, or 5-membered ring


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Each of the following carbocations has the potential to rearrange to a more stable one. Write the structure of the rearranged carbocation, and use curved arrows to show how it is formed. 

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