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What is a lewis acid?

electron acceptors


What is a lewis base?

electron donor


What is a B-L acid?

proton donor


What is a B-L base?

proton acceptor


What are amphoteric molecules?

can act as either acids or based, depending on reaction conditions. ex. water


What is the acid dissociation constant?

Ka - a measure of acidity, the equilibrium constant corresponding to the dissociation of an acid into HA into a proton and its conjugate base


What is pKa?

the negative logarithm of Ka --- the lower the pKa, the stronger the acid


What is the pKa trend in the periodic table?

decreases down the periodic table and increases with electronegativity


What are alpha hydrogens?

hydrogens connected to an alpha carbon (carbon adjacent to a carbonyl


What are common acidic functional groups?

alcohols, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids and c.a. derivatives


What are common basic functional groups?

Amines and amides


What are nucleophiles?

nucleus loving and contain lone pairs or pi bonds. They have increased electron density and often carry a necative charge.


What can affect nucleophility?

charge, electronegativity, steric hinderance and the solvent


What are common nucleophiles?

amino groups


What are electrophiles?

electron-loving and contain a positive charge or are positively polarized.


What are common electrophiles?

alcohols, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids & derivatives


What are leaving groups?

molecular fragments that retain the electrons after heterolysis. good leaving groups can stabilize additional charge through resonance or induction. Weak bases make good leaving groups.


What is heterolysis?

opposite of coordinate covalent bond formation - a bond is broken and both electrons are given to one of the two products.


What types are almost never leaving groups?

Alkanes and hydrogen ions because they form reactive anions


What are the steps of a unimolecular nucleophilic substitution?

1. leaving group leaves, forming a carbocation, an ion with a positively charged carbon atom.
2. the nucleophile attacks the planar carbocation from either side, leading to a racemic mixture of products


What do Sn1 reactions prefer?

more substituted carbons because the alkyl groups can donate electron density and stabilize the positive charge of the carbocation.


What is the rate of an Sn1 reaction dependent on?

only on the concentration of the substrate


What is a bimolecular Sn2 nucleophilic substitution?

Happens in one step - nucleophile attacks at the same time as the leaving group leaves.


What happens to the stereochemistry in an Sn2 reaction?

Nucleophile performs a backside attack, which leads to an inversion of stereochemistry.


What happens to the configuration if the incoming nucleophile and the leaving group have the same priority in the molecule?

Then absolute configuration is changed from R to S or vice versa.


What is the oxidation state?

The charge that an atom would have if all of its bonds were completely ionic


What is the lowest and highest oxidation state of carbon?

lowest - CH4
highest - CO2


What is the order of functional groups oxidation from most to least?

Carboxylic acids & derivatives > aldehydes > ketones and imines > alcohols > alkyl halides > amines


What is oxidation?

increase in oxidation state and is assisted by oxidizing agents


What are oxidizing agents?

accept electrons and are reduced in the process. They have a high affinity for electrons or an unusually high oxidation state. They often contain a metal and a large number of oxygens.