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Mechanism and Product of an SN1 Reaction

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Show the mechanism and product of the following Sn1 reaction using curved arrows to show the bond-making and bond-breaking process. Show intermediates. Label the leaving group, nucleophile and electrophile. in the blank at the bottom left, indicate which reaction coordinate diagram is correct for this rraction.

Is the starting material optically active? Is the product optically active?

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The solution provides a detailed explanation for the mechanism and the product following a Sn1 reaction. Movement of electrons and the bond-making and bond-breaking process are covered. Optical activity is also covered.

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