The Awesomeness Of The SN2

by Kiley Lynch

There aren’t too many mathematical formulas in organic chemistry, but there are definitely “reaction formulas”. Since reactions follow very specific patterns of bond-forming and bond-breaking events between nucleophiles and electrophiles, it’s possible to do a bit of “plugging and chugging” in this vein.

I just wanted to share with you a little graphic on how powerful and awesome the SN2 reaction is. If you start with an alkyl halide – primary or secondary – and add a nucleophile, the number of different products you can get are amazing.

See how many different functional groups you can make through this reaction!

Tomorrow – back to elimination reactions!

Thanks for reading! James