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Wed February 09, 2011 By: Akhil Jain

WHY BENZYLLIC HALIDES UNDERGOES SN1 AND NOT SN2?

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Wed February 09, 2011
Dear Student
 
Benzyl halides react quickly by SN1 reactions because their carbocations are unusually stable due to their resonance forms which delocalize charge over an extended p system.
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