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Carbocations are species bearing a positive charge on carbon. They are intermediates generally formed during organic reactions, which can be stabilised by various electronic effects. Less stable carbocations are capable of undergoing rearrangements to form more stable carbocations in the course of a reaction.

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Acids used in Friedel-Crafts alkylation

I am learning adding alkyl groups to benzene using Fridel-Crafts alkylation: I know that it is very common to use $\ce{AlCl3/AlBr3}$ as Lewis acid catalyst in this reaction. But I am just wondering ...
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Stability of carbocations with -M groups in beta position

First part The original question was to arrange the following compounds in the order of their rate of dehydration with conc. $\ce{H2SO4}$:- (A) $\ce{CH3-CH(OH)-CH2-CH=O}$ (B) $\ce{CH3-CH(OH)-CH2-C(=O)...
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Order of rate of acid catalysed dehydration of alcohols

The relative rate of acid catalysed dehydration of following alcohols would be: According to me, we have to arrange them in order of their carbocation stability. Q will be the most stable as it is ...
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Why do electron-rich aryl groups have greater migratory aptitudes?

In the following reaction there are three possible aryl groups that can migrate: an unsubstituted phenyl group, a p-methoxyphenyl group, and a p-nitrophenyl group: Why does the electron-rich p-...
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Comparison of carbocation stability in bicyclo compounds

Question Which is the most stable carbocation ? Answer My attempt I answered as 1 as the first one had +M of -O- and hyperconjugation effect as the positive charge is at para position. Why is the ...
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Reaction of styrene oxide with hydrogen iodide

The question is to find the product of the reaction of Styrene Oxide with Hydrogen Iodide. According to me, this should be the mechanism- As the benzylic carbocation will be more stable, therefore ...
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Stability of free radicals [closed]

If given a question to compare stability of free radicals, can we always check it by same parameters that we use for stability of cations (since both are electron deficient) or is there any exception ...
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Hyperconjugation and inductive effect on carbocations [duplicate]

(I know there are many related questions, so please tell me which posts can solve my doubts before you close this question, thank you.) $1$. $\ce{^+CH2F}$ is very unstable. This is because $\ce{F}$ ...
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Rearrangement considerations in feasibility of SN1 in given reactants

I have been asked to compare the feasibility of Unimolecular Nucleophilic Substitution ($\mathrm{S_N1}$) in the following question. I have received instruction that the reaction will be feasible only ...
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Why does fluorine stabilise a carbocation? [duplicate]

I have read that halogens have a stonger -I (inductive effect) than +M (mesomeric effect),then why do they stabilise a carbocation instead of destabilising it? I asked this doubt to my teacher and he ...
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Unusual Friedel–Crafts alkylation with pivaloyl chloride

In class we were told of an anomalous Friedel–Crafts reaction with a tertiary acid chloride — $\ce{(CH3)3CCOCl}$, or pivaloyl chloride. When this reacts with benzene in the presence of $\ce{AlCl3}$, ...
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Stability of α-chlorocarbocations

I'm trying to compare the relative stability of two carbocations: $$\ce{CH3-\overset{+}{C}H-Cl}\quad\text{vs}\quad\ce{CH3-\overset{+}{C}H2}$$ Does the $\ce{Cl}$ exert a +M effect to stabilisethe ...
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Why does ring contraction take place in Wagner–Meerwein rearrangement?

An example of Wagner–Meerwein rearrangement given in my textbook is substitution by $\ce{AgNO2}$ in iodocyclohexane. One of the product, cyclopentylnitromethane is through ring contraction. I don't ...
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Addition of HBr on alkene

In 1-chloroprop-1-ene(E), if we add HBr, where will the proton add to, C1 or C2? I am asking this because I can't decide whether mesomeric as well as negative inductive effect of Cl will dominate or ...
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Carbocation rearrangement in alkene addition reaction

This is a question from my textbook: Determine a step-wise $S_N1$ mechanism for the overall reaction: The solution shows the following carbocation rearrangement after Bromine leaves in the ...
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What is the product of reaction between 3,3-dimethyl butanal and SeO2 followed by conc. OH- ions?

So basically first step will be replacement of $\ce{-CH2 -}$ by a ($\ce{=O}$ bond) making a aldehyde and ketone side by side. Now what should I do after this? I tried attacking the aldehyde first as ...
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Is the t-butyl carbocation more stable than the benzyl carbocation?

Various authors have different views regarding stability order of the benzyl and t-butyl carbocations. $$\ce{PhCH2+ ; (CH3)3C+}$$ In my opinion, resonance effect dominates, so the benzylic ...
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How to determine the reactivity of a set of compounds that may undergo nucleophilic substitution?

Which of the following compounds is most reactive under $\mathrm{S_N1}$ conditions? Arrange the following compounds in order of decreasing rate of $\mathrm{S_N1}$ hydrolysis: ...
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Which of the following compound will undergo rearangement?

Question Attempt I believe the answer should be B,C and D. In C and D the oxyge(or Nitrogen in D) can rearange by donating lone pair to carbocation. But the books answer says B. Where am I wrong. ...
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Can rearrangement in carbocations cause inversion?

Can rearrangement reactions in carbocations cause inversion? If you have a carbocation rearrangement (i.e. a methyl shift or a hydride shift), is it possible for inversion of stereo chemistry to take ...
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Odd looking carbocation stability order [duplicate]

I am studying introductory organic chemistry, suddenly this one started looking odd, The carbocation stability for three compounds as given by my book is shown below, Let me call those as ...
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Are carbocations necessarily sp2 hybridized and trigonal planar?

My copy of Pearson's Organic Chemistry (7e), Morrison and Boyd, under the section "Reaction intermediates", accords a succinct description on the structure of carbocations: The central $C$-atom (of ...
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Why are vinylic and arylic carbocations highly unstable?

I have checked the internet and read quite a few books, but I still am not able to understand why vinylic and arylic carbocations are highly unstable. What I found while surfing the internet is: For ...
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How to compare stabilities of the following carbocations? [duplicate]

I know that hyperconjugation is an important factor in determining carbacation stability but all of them have only 1 alpha hydrogen next factor should be inductive effect i think can anyone tell me ...
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What is the reason for the exceptional stability of tricyclopropyl-cyclopropenyl carbocation?

The stability order of the following is: A. III > II > I > IV B. II > III > I > IV C. I > III > IV > II D. I > III > II > IV Answer: I came across a question ...
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False positive in lucas test for primary alcohol due to formation of tertiary carbocation by rearrangement?

From Wikipedia: The Lucas test in alcohols is a test to differentiate between primary, secondary, and tertiary alcohols. It is based on the differences in reactivity of the three classes of alcohols ...
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Does 2,2-dimethylpropan-1-ol give a positive Lucas test? [duplicate]

I learnt that the Lucas test involves the formation of a carbocation and it gives a positive test based on the stability of the carbocation formed, and hence primary alcohols do not show turbidity (...
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Can a reaction have carbocation resonance followed by a hydride shift?

Consider 5-methylcyclopentadiene: If HX attacks at carbon 1, we have an option of 1,2 or 1,4 (carbocation resonance) addition. In the case of 1,4 addition, since the carbocation (secondary) will be ...
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Intramolecular Reaction with carbocation rearrangement

I came across a question recently which is as follows, I came up with a mechanism but I am stuck at a step as I am unable to reason out the driving force. Step(3) has a hydride shift and its next ...
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What is the stability order of the carbocation and carboanion?

So I came up with examples as below: 1 2 Now I am confused about the +I and -I effect in these structures since to my knowledge it can only be applied when there is a substituent (I might be wrong)...
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Comparison of rate of dehydration of primary, secondary & tertiary alcohols on cyclohexane

Rate of dehydration when given compounds are treated with conc. $\ce{H2SO4}$ is According to me the answer should be $R > Q > S > P$ but my textbook solution gives the answer as R > Q > P > ...
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Which of the following carbocations is more stable?

Which of the following carbocations is more stable? I know two major factors in determining carbocation stability: resonance and the number of carbon atoms neighboring the positive carbon. Does the ...
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Hyperconjugation in bridged carbon systems

While studying about hyperconjugation, I came across the following compound which posseses one α-hydrogen (with respect to the $\mathrm{sp^2}$ hybridised carbon atom with an empty $\mathrm{p}$-orbital)...
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What is the order of stability of the cyclobutyl and cyclopropyl carbocations?

I know about the exceptional stability of Cyclopropylmethyl carbocation. In some books it is given that cyclopropyl and cyclobutyl carbocations are highly unstable due to their high strain. That ...
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If alkyl-substituted alkenes are more stable, how does one explain their increased addition reactivity?

My understanding is that in alkyl-substituted alkenes there is hyperconjugation between $𝜎(\ce{C−X})$ and $𝜋^∗(\ce{C=C})$. I also have read that more alkyl-substituted alkenes are many folds more ...
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Why are tertiary carbocations the most reactive, if they're already stable?

This may seem silly, but doesn't it seem weird for a compound that's stable (in this context, the tertiary carbocation) to be the most reactive? I mean, wouldn't it be the least, given that it's ...
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Chirality in carbocations

The following compound is a carbocation. Clearly, the given compound does not have any element of symmetry. The compound is non planar due to the presence of ethyl group. Thus it must be chiral. But ...
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Why do vinylic carbocations generally not undergo hydride rearrangement from neighbouring sp3 carbon to get more stability?

Why do vinylic carbocations generally not undergo hydride rearrangement from neighbouring sp3 carbon to get more stability? According to me, a rearrangement would lead to an allylic carbocation, ...
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Preparation of alkyl halide from alcohols

$\ce{R-OH + HBr -> R-Br + H2O}$ An $\ce{R+}$ carbocation is formed during this reaction. If $\ce{R}$ is any alkyl group instead of methyl or ethyl, can the beta hydrogen to the hydroxy group be ...
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Stability Comparison between the Tropylium and Tricyclopropylcarbinyl Carbocation

Why is the Tropylium carbocation less stable than the tricyclopropylcarbinyl carbocation? The tricyclopropylcarbinyl carbocation undergoes a sigma-tropic rearrangement whereas tropylium is highly ...
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8a-methyl-1,2,3,4,4a,8a-hexahydronaphthalen-4a-ylium carbocation rearrangement

In this reaction after the attack of lone pairs on $\ce{H+}$ ions, a stable $3^{°}$ carbocation is formed. But seeing the six membered ring and the double bonds already present, I can't help but think ...
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Ring expansion from a given cyclic carbocation

How will the cyclobutane ring behave in the case of cyclobutylmethylium (cyclobutylmethyl cation)? I initially thought there would be ring expansion to a five membered ring so that there may be less ...
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Molecular Orbital Hybridization vs Delocalization for positive charge stabilization

While studying Molecular Orbital Theory, I ran into a comparison of basicity between pyridine and piperidine. The latter was concluded to be more basic because of the sp3 hybridization of the ...
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Possible nonclassical ion from a bicyclic system

In this question a bicycling alcohol is reacted with acid to make what appears to be a tertiary carbocation, and the OP asked whether it could become aromatic. The given answer suggests it could be, ...
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Product of Friedel-Crafts cyclisation of (3-methylpent-4-en-1-yl)benzene

My proposed mechanism and final product is: But the book says the answer is: I know that a 6 membered ring is more stable than a 5 membered ring so I made the product with the 6 membered ring (...
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Is isobutyl chloride or ethyl chloride more reactive in an SN1 reaction?

Compare the rate of $\mathrm{S_N1}$ reaction in the following compounds: We see that both compounds form primary carbocations. However, there is more hyperconjugation in the second compound as ...
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Carbocation rearrangement with expansion of five-membered ring?

I am confused with this particular problem. I began the problem with a mechanism as following. In the beginning $\ce{H+} $ protonates the alcohol and leaves as $\ce{H_2O}$. Then everything is about ...
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Stability of the alkenyl and phenyl cations

One reason often cited for why alkenyl and phenyl halides do not undergo nucleophilic substitution by the $\ce {S_N1}$ mechanism is that the formation of the alkenyl and phenyl cations involve a ...
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Mechanism of ring formation of an epoxide under acidic aqueous conditions

I am trying to figure out the mechanism of this reaction: I think the $\ce{H+}$ will first attack the oxygen of the epoxide and another $\ce{OH-}$ will be added to the most substituted carbocation, ...
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Ring Expamsion And Final Structure

[If you don't like to read the question just look at the 3 pictures the first one has the carbocation which have to be stabilised by ring expansions the other 2 are my predicted structure so please ...