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


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Bimolecular substitution reactions  

The bimolecular substitution reaction is the part of the substitution reaction in which the strong nucleophile attacks the leaving group center.

The following points are shown:

  • The bimolecular substitution reaction follows the substrate order as
  • The rate of the reaction is 2.


The reaction’s substrate has two chloride groups. So, the nucleophile (methylamine) attacks the carbon bearing the chloride bond (C-Cl). Since the chloride ion is a good leaving group, the methylamine is substituted at the place of Cl.

The substrate now has one Cl remaining; the substituted methylamine attacks the other carbon (C-Cl) and forms intramolecular bonding. The methylamine cyclizes after leaving the chloride ion and forms the final product with a salt (by-product).

Representation of reaction mechanism

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