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I have the following compounds to sort according to reactivity to nucleophilic attacks. The most electrophilic position is clearly the carbonyl position. compounds to sort

My proposed order is B>D>A>F>E>C . My reasoning is that in B, thats the only molecule with Hydrogen substituent which doesnt give a -I effect to the carbonyl position, thus making it "more positive" which in turn should increase reactivity. In the same way, I suspect that C has the most steric hinderance, also an abundance of alkyl groups that have an -I effect on the carbocation making it less electropositive and therefore electrophilic. Is this correct?

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    $\begingroup$ I think that's almost OK, F>A according to me though. Methyl closer to carbonyl should hinder more. $\endgroup$ – Mithoron Jun 12 at 21:48
  • $\begingroup$ @Mithoron: Agreed. $\endgroup$ – user55119 Jun 13 at 0:33
  • $\begingroup$ Switching A and F would do the trick. $\endgroup$ – Mathew Mahindaratne 2 days ago

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