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ERIC Number: EJ832481
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 2
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
A Safer, Discovery-Based Nucleophilic Substitution Experiment
Horowitz, Gail
Journal of Chemical Education, v86 n3 p363-364 Mar 2009
A discovery-based nucleophilic substitution experiment is described in which students compare the reactivity of chloride and iodide ions in an S[subscript N]2 reaction. This experiment improves upon the well-known "Competing Nucleophiles" experiment in that it does not involve the generation of hydrogen halide gas. The experiment also introduces students to the subject of phase-transfer catalysis. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A