Problem: Put a circle around the statements that relate to an SN 2 mechanism and put a square around the ones that talk about SN1.    CH3X > 1˚ > 2˚                                  No rearrangements   Rearranged products                        Rate = k [alkyl halide] [Nuc]   Polar protic solvent                            Racemization   Inversion at chiral carbon                  Rate = k [alkyl halide]   3˚ > 2˚                                                Polar aprotic solvent   Strong nucleophile                             Weak nucleophile (may also be solvent)

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Put a circle around the statements that relate to an SN mechanism and put a square around the ones that talk about SN1. 

CH3X > 1˚ > 2˚                                  No rearrangements

Rearranged products                        Rate = k [alkyl halide] [Nuc]

Polar protic solvent                            Racemization

Inversion at chiral carbon                  Rate = k [alkyl halide]

3˚ > 2˚                                                Polar aprotic solvent

Strong nucleophile                             Weak nucleophile (may also be solvent)

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