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    Reaction of bromomethane with sodium hydroxide.

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    Would you please help me understand the following question:

    Reaction of bromomethane with sodium hydroxide in water forms methanol. If soldium iodide is added to the reaction mixture, the rate of methanol formation is dramatically increased (i.e. sodium iodide is a catalyst).

    The mechanism involved in the reaction of CH3Br and NaOH is:

    a. Sn1
    b. Sn2
    c. E1
    d. E2

    Write a reaction pathway that accounts for the effect of added NaI.

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    (a) Since, -Br is substituted by -OH in the reaction, therefore it is a nucleophilic ...

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    Reaction of bromomethane with sodium hydroxide is explained and answers are well explained in terms of mechanism and reason to choose the correct explanation.