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Questions tagged [reactivity]

Applied to a chemical species, the term expresses a kinetic property in reference to another species. The tag should be applied to questions seeking answers with respect to the reactivity (or unreactivity) of a certain chemical compound, species, molecular entity and/or functional groups. It must not be applied to questions about the stability of certain chemical species.

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Reactivity of primary and tertiary alkyl halides

From USNCO 2004, Q58: The reaction between which pair of reactants occurs the fastest for $[\ce{OH-}] = \pu{0.010 M}$? (A) $\ce{CH3CH2CH2CH2Cl + OH-}$ (B) $\ce{(CH3)3CCl + OH-}$ (C) $...
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Where will a H+ attack on 6-hydroxyhexan-2-one? [closed]

Where will a H+ attack on 6-hydroxyhexan-2-one? Protonation can take place either on the ketone or the alcohol. So where will it attack? In short, on which of the two oxygen atoms is electron density ...
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Which is more reactive, chlorine radical or chloride ion?

Ions are very reactive for obvious reasons (i.e. Coulomb force); $\ce{Cl-}$ ions will be very quick to form an ionic bond with positive ions (unless inhibited, e.g. through being in a solution; let's ...
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Would atomic oxygen and atomic hydrogen result in O2 and H2 only, or some H2O too? [closed]

Let's assume we have atomic oxygen and atomic hydrogen in a closed chamber, the temperature and pressure of which we're able to monitor (and control). Number of hydrogen atoms are twice that of oxygen....
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How is fluorine gas contained and transported, why aren't the metal cylinder and tube in this video attacked?

I included the GIF below as part of an answer to Can paper burn without oxygen or air?. It was made from the video Fluorine - Periodic Table of Videos. I noticed that the cylinder containing the ...
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How does ring size affect SN2 reactions?

Suppose we have to compare the $\mathrm{S_N2}$ reactivity order for cyclopropyl and cyclopentyl chloride. How can we do that? I think that cyclopentyl should be more reactive towards $\mathrm{S_N2}$ ...
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why fluorine and oxygen have different behaviour towards electron gain enthalapy and electronegativity? [closed]

I have seen following definitions in my textbook: Electron gain enthalapy may be defined as enthalpy change taking place when an isolated gaseous atom of the element accepts an electron to form a ...
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Will magnesium chloride and ascorbic acid react in solution?

Both magnesium chloride dissolved in distilled water and ascorbic acid dissolved in distillled water have been separately shown to have a number of health benefits when applied topically to the skin. ...
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Reactivity of carbon-centered radical

I've read this site for a long time but I had never asked a question, so this is my first time :). So, i'm currently working on a computational chemistry project on radical cyclization reactions and ...
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Reactivity of fluorine compound

I have tried to make sense of the article on fluorine on Wikipedia but I am still very perplexed. I would like to know generally how reactive the fluorine compound β-(4-Fluorophenyl)-γ-aminobutyric ...
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How to predict and measure excess values of reactivity ratios for copolymerization with three monomers?

I ask this question because I haven't found interesting literature on the subject and I would like to know if my way to think is good or pure bullshit. Also the question is quite long because I have ...
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Does chlorine trifluoride react with candlewax?

I've run across references to chlorine trifluoride quite a lot. It pops up fairly regularly on the Worldbuilding SE, and whatever idea people have with it is usually shot down very quickly - For ...
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How can the CO2 released from sodium bicarbonate reacted with HCl lift an alginic raft if the sodium bicarbonate acts first?

In the antacid Gaviscon, sodium alginate reacts with hydrochloric acid and then calcium carbonate to form an alginic raft that is supposed to be lifted to the top of the stomach by the carbon dioxide ...
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Metal reactivity with hot water VS HCL

Does being able to react with hot water take more metal reactivity than being able to react with HCl? To me, it seems like a metal would need to be more reactive to be able to react with hot water ...
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Can nitrogen dioxide react with plastics of any kind? [closed]

I have searched a lot on the internet but couldn't find any helpful thing. My question is that can nitrogen dioxide react with plastics of any kind?
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SN1 reactivity order for chloromethyl methyl ether and trityl chloride

Compare the reactivity order towards SN1 reaction for: (2-chloropropan-2-yl)cyclopropane $\ce{CH3OCH2Cl}$ $\ce{Ph3CCl}$ Owing to the exceptional stability of cyclopropyl ethyl ...
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Why are fluoride ions (and ions in general) reactive?

Please bear with me—-I have a pretty meager background in chemistry but am trying to learn some! My question is about ion reactivity—-specifically of the reactivity of $\ce{F-}$. I often hear that ...
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Reactivity of different isomers of N2F2

$\ce{ N2F2}$ exists in two forms cis and trans. Today my chemistry teacher tells me that among the two only cis form takes part in reactions and that it is more reactive. But I have read elsewhere ...
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Why does potassium react more violently with water than lithium?

Recently, I was telling my friends about the violent reaction that takes place when you throw potassium into water. Soon after, a friend of mine claimed that lithium would react more violently than ...
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What noble metal is most oxidation resistant? [closed]

To clarify,by noble metals in this case I mean all platinum metals + gold,no copper,silver or rhenium.These noble metals are described as having low reactivity,but which one is least reactive or most "...
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Can halogens exist in their elemental state in nature?

Question 7 from the 2015 Australian Chemistry Olympiad was: Which list below gives non-metals that can be found in their elemental form in nature? (a) neon, phosphorus, fluorine (b) helium, ...
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Requirement of different reagents for bromination of different substituted benzene rings

Consider the bromination reactions of phenol and anisole. We know that the former can be brominated by aqueous bromine, while the latter requires the catalyst $\ce{FeBr3}$ instead. Our teacher said ...
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Compare rate of hydrohalogenation between 1,2-diphenylethene and 1-phenylpropene

Consider the compounds, (I) - 1,2-diphenylethene and (II) - 1-phenylpropene. Compare their rate of hydrohalogenation (HX addition) I feel that the answer should be (II) > (I), but to my surprise it's ...
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How does conjugation affect reactivity?

From this topic on MOs of butadiene vs ethene, it is clear that when two ethene molecules are combined to extend the conjugate chain, the HOMO is raised in energy and the LUMO is lowered in energy. ...
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Does attachment of phenyl to an alkene increases its reactivity towards electrophilic addition reaction?

According to me phenyl should decrease the reactivity as its electron withdrawing nature destabilises the carbocation.
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Reactivity of Benzaldehyde between aldehydes [closed]

Are Benzaldehydes less reactive than aldehydes due to the -R Effect of the -CHO group present on the benzene ring?
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Do amides oxidize to double-bonds?

Do amides from primary or secondary amines ever oxidize to a double-bond on the nitrogen? For example, like from an $\mathrm{R \bbox[yellow]{\color{red}{-}}(NH)-(C=O)-R'}$ to an $\mathrm{ R \bbox[...
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Reactivity order of electrophilic addition

Find the order of the ease of electrophilic addition of the following: $\ce{H3C-O-CH=CH2}$ $\ce{ F-CH=CH2}$ $\ce{Cl-CH=CH2}$ $\ce{NO2-CH=CH2}$ According to me, it should be 1 > 4 > ...
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What drives a molecule/atom towards stability? [duplicate]

I'm very familiar with the concept that chemical reactions occur because the reactants a state of stability via the reaction. It's a very satisfying and fulfilling statement. But my question has ...
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Why is oxygen an oxidizing agent?

Why are diatomic oxygen molecules STILL reactive especially with metallic elements like sodium and copper even at room temperature? You would think that since the two oxygen atoms already have the ...
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What changes does zinc chloride undergo when ‘fusing’ on an atomic level? How does this influence reactivity?

I have been using a reaction with an organozincate starting material. This zincate is freshly prepared from zinc chloride and a Grignard reagent. The experimental procedure ‘handed down’ from more ...
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What's the chemical reaction involved when adding Caesium to water?

According to the Notting Hill and Ealing High School, the reaction of caesium $\ce{Cs}$ with water $\ce{H2O}$ gives the following equation, $$\ce{2Cs (s) + 2H2O (l) → 2CsOH (aq) + H2 (g)},$$ producing ...
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Why is cyclopropylmethyl radical opening so fast?

Ring opening of the cyclopropylmethyl radical is reliable and fast, and so has been used as a radical trap and a radical clock. Could someone please explain what exactly makes this reaction so fast, ...
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Stability of carbanion

I am confused about how one can determine the stability of carbanions using pKa-values. I know that the stability of carbanions can be determined by the inductive effect, hybridization of the charged-...
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Order of Reactivity of Halogens in Electrophilic Addition

Hello there. Here's a problem that appeared on one of my tests. What is the order of reactivity of halogens in electrophilic addition reaction via formation of cyclohalonium intermediate? I tried ...
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Why are not all metals included in the reactivity series

Why aren't all metals included in the activity series ? For example why isn't molybdenum included ? Now we know that hydrogen displaces those metals from their oxides that are less reactive than iron. ...
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Can hydrobromic acid perform substitution with propane?

I am a student in the 11th grade, we recently had a chemistry exam, I lost marks because of a question that asks about the reaction between $\ce{HBr}$ and $\ce{C3H8}$. According to our teacher $\ce{...
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Why is the silver nitrate chemical test more favorable than that of sodium iodide?

Two tests to determine the presence of alkyl chlorides are the silver nitrate in 1% ethanol and sodium iodide in 15% acetone tests. These two tests both produce a precipitate when added to chloride ...
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What is the Chemical Compound that has a NFPA 704 (Fire Diamond) of 2-2-1-ox?

I recently saw this fire diamond configuration of: 2 - Flammability; 2 - Health; 1 - Reactivity; OX - Extra Information I have been attempting to find a database of terms, but after turning up with ...
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Aza-enolates: why no reaction at N

My understanding is that aza-enolates have an advantage over enamines in enolate-type alkylations because the reaction at N is less likely. As a result, unactivated electrophiles can be used (i.e. ...
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Propylene Glycol as a water main anti-freeze

We are a young student science group looking for solutions to real world problems. We are currently working on ways to keep our city water mains from freezing in the winter. Our team is researching ...
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Reactivity of Aluminium Oxide

I know that Aluminium Oxide is an amphoteric substance meaning that it reacts with both acids and bases. I recently learned that Aluminium has very good corrosion resistance due to the "Aluminium ...
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Is benzyl chloride or allyl chloride more reactive?

What compound is more reactive, benzyl chloride [(chloromethyl)benzene] or allyl chloride (3-chloroprop-1-ene)? I know that both have a higher reactivity than alkyl and aryl chlorides.
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Why is the alkene a more stable species in this case?

How can we account for $\mathrm{S_N1}$ substitution in this case versus elimination in others? When we dehydrate alcohols, we usually carry out the reaction in concentrated sulfuric acid and at ...
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Reaction between magnesium metal and sodium hydroxide: Does this even happen?

Came across this question in a book: Among aluminum, zinc, tin and magnesium, which metals (if any) will react with an aqueous solution of sodium hydroxide to displace dihydrogen? The answer to ...
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How can I detect contamination with acetic acid

how can I detect the contamination with acetic acid in a home brewed spirit? I fear the batch might be spoiled.
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Why is fluorine deactivating while OH is not?

Both have 2p-2p overlap and oxygen and fluorine have similar electronegativities but OH is strongly activating while fluorine is deactivating
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Role of methanol in NaBH4 reduction

In reduction of carbonyls (aldehyde and ketones) to alcohols using NaBH4/Methanol, alkoxides are formed with the Boron which usually gets protonated on addition of water/acid. My question is what is ...
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Difference between Oxidation Potential and Ionization Potential [closed]

Ionization potential indicates a substance's tendency to loose electron and become a positive ion. So, a substance becomes ion more easily if it has a lower ionization potential (lower energy needed ...
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What is the most likely reaction between minocycline and tramadol in physiological conditions?

Minocyline (left) and Tramadol (right) are two commonly prescribed medications containing typical organic functional groups. What would an expert chemist surmise as the first or most-likely reaction ...