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Substitution and Elimination as Competing Reactions

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Last updated: 05 Jul, 2011
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Often times, multiple reaction pathways compete with one another depending on the conditions and the materials used in a specific reaction.  The example of substitution and elimination is our first model of such competing reactions.  By understanding the pathways that occur for both reactions, we can predict how certain experimental variables will impact the mechanistic pathway (and therefore the product) that is observed.  Keep in mind, the information below is not an absolute set of rules on which conditions lead to which mechanism, it is merely a summary of experimental results that work for most reactions.

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