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Organic Chemistry
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Question: Draw a stepwise mechanism for the following reaction.


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Stability of carbocation  

Carbocations are the intermediates formed in the addition reaction of alkenes.

The stability order of carbocations is .

1,2-hydrogen shift

The stability of carbocations is the reason for 1,2-hydrogen shift. After the shift of hydrogen to the adjacent position, the carbocation is generated, which is more stable.


The reaction of the given compound with HBr proceeds via 1,2-hydrogen shift to generate a carbocation. The carbocation forms a tertiary halide product.

The mechanism is shown below:

Reaction mechanism

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