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    SN1 and SN2 Mechanism

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    I need help writing the balanced equations for the attached problems and determining which reactions proceed by an SN1 mechanism and SN2 mechanism.

    1. Write the balanced equations for the following:
    a. 2-bromobutane + NaI --->
    b. 2-bromobutante + AgNO3 + EtOH --->
    c. 2-bromo-2-methylpropane + NaI --->
    d. 2-bromo-2-methylpropane + AgNO3 + EtOH --->
    e. 1-bromobutane + NaI --->
    f. 1-bromobutane + AgNO3 + EtOH --->
    g. bromocyclohexane + NaI --->
    h. 1-bromoadamantane + NaI --->
    i. 1-bromoadamantane + AgNO3 + EtOH --->

    2. Which reactions proceed by an SN1 mechanism? By an SN2 mechanism?

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    Essentially, Sn2 reactions happen when the compound is not too sterically hindered. Primary, & secondary alkyl halides can undergo Sn2. Tertiary alkyl halides undergo Sn1 with the formation of the carbocation intermediate.

    In addition, in the silver nitrate reaction, the silver ion acts as a catalyst and ...

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    This solution contains explanations on what products are produced from the reactions and whether it is a SN1 or SN2 mechanism.