Answer to Question #10312 in Organic Chemistry for lavneeta dash

Question #10312
the treatment of alkyl chlorides with aqueous KOH leads to formation of alcohols but in the presence of alcoholic KOH, alkenes are the major products? explain why?
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Expert's answer
2012-06-05T09:10:26-0400
the main reaction going in the sn2 way.The SN2 reaction (also known as
bimolecular nucleophilic substitution) is a type of nucleophilic substitution,
where a lone pair from a nucleophile attacks an electron deficient electrophilic
center and bonds to it, expelling another group called a leaving
group,but common side reaction taking place with SN2 reactions is E2
elimination: the incoming anion can act as a base rather than as a nucleophile,
abstracting a proton and leading to formation of the alkene.

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