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Jefferson T.
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Subject: Organic Chemistry

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Describe why iodides are more reactive electrophiles than the corresponding bromide.

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Answer:

In an iodide, the homo is in the 4p vs. the 3p. range, causing a much longer bond. When these is a longer bond like this, the carbon 2sp3 is not able to make as strong of a bond, making this bond more labile and electrophilic.

Subject: Inorganic Chemistry

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Why are square planar complexes likely to go through an associative or an associatively activated mechanism?

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Square planar complexes are likely to go through an associative mechanism because there is significant space above and below the ligand plane of the metal for a reaction to occur.

Subject: Basic Chemistry

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Consider the Following Molecules, all of which are liquid at room temperate, which has the weakest intermolecular forces. Describe the Intermolecular forces present in this molecule A. H2O,bp=100C. B. C2H5OC2H5, bp = 40 C. C. C2H5OH, bp = 80 C. D. Naphthalene, bp = 175 C.

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Answer:

B. is the correct answer. It has mostly London dispersion forces, with a small dipole, which creates dipole forces.

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