Identify the reagents shown in bold in the following equations as nucleophiles or electrophiles:

(a) CH3COOH + HO→ CH3COO + H2O

(b) CH3COCH3+ CN → (CH3)2C(CN) + (OH)

(c) C6H5 + CH3C+O → C6H5COCH3

Asked by Pragya Singh | 11 months ago |  52

##### Solution :-

A nucleophile is a reagent that has an electron pair and is willing to donate it. It is also known as a nucleus-loving reagent. An electrophile is a reagent which is in need of an electron pair and is also known as an electron-loving pair.

(a) CH3COOH + HO→ CH3COO + H2O

It is a nucleophile since HO- is electron rich in nature.

(b) CH3COCH3+ CN → (CH3)2C(CN) + (OH)

It is a nucleophile since CN is electron rich in nature.

(c) C6H5 + CH3C+O → C6H5COCH3

It is an electrophile since CH3C+O is electron-deficient in nature.

Answered by Pragya Singh | 11 months ago

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