Is meta xylene more reactive towards nitration or is it para xylene?

I would say it is meta xylene as it has two methyl groups meta to each other. Since both are activating groups, there would be a greater electron density at the ortho and para positions with respect to both the groups. This would make meta xylene more susceptible to nitration (EAS) as compared to para xylene.

  • $\begingroup$ Yes, see here, p. 188. $\endgroup$ – ron Jan 13 '17 at 20:20

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