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Organic Chemistry 32-235
Practice Questions for Exam #2
Part 1: (Circle only
choice, circling more than one will be counted as wrong!)
4 points each
1. The correct IUPAC name for the following compound is:
(A) (1R, 3R)-1-chloro-3-methylcyclohexane(B) (1R, 3S)-1-chloro-3-methylcyclohexane(C) (1S, 3S)-1-chloro-3-methylcyclohexane(D) (1S, 3R)-1-chloro-3-methylcyclohexane(E)
None of the above.
The Key here is to determine the configuration R or S for each chiral carbon. The answer here is 1S,2S.
Consider the S
1 reaction of tert-butyl chloride with iodide ion:
If the concentration of iodide ion is doubled, the rate of forming tert-butyl iodide will: (hint: consider mechanism, i.e. how is the product formed?)
(B) Increase 4 times.
(C) Remain the same.
(E) None of the above.
In SN1 reaction, the rate is independent of the nucleophile involved since the nucleophile is notinvolved in the rate determining step. Thus the anwer is C.
The relationship between the following two structures is:
(C) structural isomers
(E) none of the above
The key here is to know the definition of all terms and then determine R or S configuration for eachchiral carbon. The answer is (B) (by definition)
The specific rotation of pure (R)-2-butanol is -13.5
. What % of a mixture of the two
enantiomeric forms is (S)-2-butanol if the specific rotation of this mixture is
(E) None of the above
The answer is B since e.e. is 40% favoring R. (5.4/13.5=40%)
Which of the following alkyl halides would undergo S
2 reaction most rapidly?
(E) they react at the same rate
In Sn2 reaction, the nucleophile attacks from the back of the leaving group. The better the leavinggroup, the easier it is to leave (faster rate). The answer is C since iodide ion is the best leavinggroup.
Which of the following molecules is chiral ?
Go by definition or look for plane of symmetry/point of inversion. The answer is B.
The relationship between (A) and (B) structures in the previous question is:
A) identicalB) structural isomersC) diastereomersD) enantiomersE) None of the above
Again need to know terms and how to apply them. The answer is C.
Which of the following alkyl halides would you expect to undergo S
1 reaction most rapidly ?
(D) They will not undergo S
(E) They react at the same rate
The key is to know how a Sn1 reaction proceeds (mechanism). For Sn1, the leaving group departsbefore bond forming happens. Therefore the intermediate is carbocation, which is the most stable ona tertiary carbon. The answer is (C). (can you explain why and how the rate depends on the stabilityof the intermediate?)
For the following reaction, the overall enthalpy change is:
(A) -12 kcal/mol
(B) +12 kcal/mol
(C) -300 kcal/mol
(D) +300 kcal/mol
(E) +15 kcal/mol
The key here is to understand how the heat of the reaction is related to bond dissociation energy(BDE) and the definition of BDE. Also it is essential to know that bond breaking requires energy.The answer is (A)
Which of the following alkyl halides would you expect to give the highest yield of substitutionproduct (S
2) with CH
(D) They will give same yield of substitution products
(E) None of them gives substitution products
For SN2, the nucleophile has to attack from the back of the leaving group. Therefore the carbonbeing attacked must not be sterically hindered, otherwise elimination will compete. The answer hereis (A) which would give the best yield of substitution product.
Br + HBr
Predict which of the following carbocations has the highest energy:
Higher energy means less stable. Stability is related to how much the charge can be spread out,which is, in this case, related to whether alkyl groups (substitution pattern) behave as electronwithdrawing or donating groups. The answer is (A)
Bromination of alkanes is a much slower reaction than chlorination. Which of the following isexpected to be the major organic product when 2-methylbutane is allowed to react with Br
presence of light or heat?
The answer here is (B). How is rate of a reaction related to selectivity? Which hydrogen in thereactant is the most reactive towards radical abstraction?
Which of the following free radical is the most stable ?
How is radical stability affected by substitution pattern? (answer is (B))
Which of the above drawing is the most stable if the radical carbon is changed to a carbocation?
(answer is B)
(E) All are equally stable
Which is the least stable in these structures if the radical carbon is changed to a carbanion?
(answer is A, pay attention to sign of charge!)
The major monobromination product in the following reaction is
(e) none of the above
The answer is (C) because selectivity is high for bromination which prefers to attach the weaker C-Hbond.
According to the following energy profile, the rate of reaction from A to B is determined by
(a) the energy of A only(b) the energy of B only(c) the energy difference between C and A(d) the energy difference between B and A(e) the energy of C only
The answer is C (activation energy)
The bond dissociation energy is the amount of energy required to break a bond
so as to produce the more stable pair of ions
d) via hydrogenatione)
none of the above
Given the bond dissociation energies below (in kcal/mol), calculate the overall
CH + Br
CBr + HBr
= -16 kcal/mol
Write chain propagation steps for the above bromination reaction.
CBr + Br
C + HBr
C + Br
End of Part 1
1. (14 pt) Draw the organic product expected from each of the following reactions. Be sure toindicate stereochemistry where appropriate and to include stereoisomers if any. In case two or morestereoisomers are formed, label their relationship as diastereomers, enantiomers, structural isomers,or conformers.
2. (10 pt) (A) Draw Fisher projections for (2R, 3S)-2-bromo-3-chlorobutane and (2S, 3R)-2-bromo-3-chlorobutane, with the carbon chain on the vertical line. Label each structure as (2R, 3S) or (2S,3R).
(B) Assume that you have a mixture of equal amount of each of the above compounds. Can they beseparated into two containers based on physical properties such as b.p., m.p., etc.? If yes, whichtechnique would you use? If no, briefly explain why not.
The two compounds as drawn are enantiomers which have identical b.p. and other physical properties(different only towards plane polarized light). Therefore they can't be separated based on physicalproperties alone.
+ NaO C
about 50% of each
3.(14 pt) The following equation shows the bromination of methane:
1) Propose a mechanism (initiation and propagation steps) to account for the product formation.Label the steps as A, B, C
and calculate the
for each step.
See chlorination of methane discussed in the lecture notes and textbook.
2) Draw an energy diagram (using the
for each step to set appropriate energy levels) for the two
steps, and decide which step is more likely the rate-determining step? (label this step as
see the textbook for chlorination of methane and apply it to this case.
reaction coordinate (progress)
Br + HBr
4. (14pt) At the room temperature (25
C), ethene can be hydrogenated (add one mole of H
double bond) to give ethane in the presence of a catalyst, as shown below:
It is known from the experiment that
30kcal/mol. Answer the following questions:
(A) Calculate the equilibrium constant for this reaction if there is sufficient data. If there is not enough data to allow for such calculation, simply state so.
RTlnK, since we know R is gas constant = 1.98 cal mol
, T is absolute temperature, and
is a given number, we can calculate K. It is important to pay attention to the unit here! R's unit
is cal but
is usually given as kcal!
(B) Predict the sign of this
for this reaction. Briefly explain your reasoning.
Entropy measures degree of chaotic. Since two molecules combine to give one, the entropy hasdecreased, thus the change is negative.
(C) Predict the sign of
for this reaction. Explain briefly how you arrive at this
. It then follows that
for this reaction is negative.
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