which one of the following compounds is more easily hydrolysed by KOH and why? 2-chloro butane or chloropropane?

Asked by vasundhra khatter | 14th Mar, 2012, 07:14: AM

Expert Answer:

Hydrolysis of 2-chloro butane by KOH will result in the formation of secondary carbocation as an intermediate and hydrolysis of chloropropane will result in the formation of primary carbocation.
secondary carbocation is more stable than primary carbocation due to inductive effect hence hydrolysis of 2-chloro butane by KOH will be much easy.

Answered by  | 20th Mar, 2012, 10:26: AM

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