A level – Nucleophilic Substitution at Saturated Carbon

A simple SN2 reaction – Methyl Chloride + Bromide Ion

 

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Sn2

In an SN2 reaction there is just one step, this must be the rate-determining step. The transitition state for an SN2 reaction is the point about halfway through the slow step where the combined reagents reach their highest energy.


 

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