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Which alkyl halide from the following pairs would you expect to react more rapidly by an S_ N 2 mechanism? Explain your answer. (ii)

10.7   Which alkyl halide from the following pairs would you expect to react more rapidly by an S_{N}2 mechanism? Explain your answer.

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The rate of S_{N}2 reaction decreases with increase in hindrance to the attack of the nucleophile.

So 2-bromobutane will react faster than 2-bromo-2-methylpropane in the nucleophilic attack.

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