Carbocation Rearrangements (11 min)

This tutorial is an introduction to molecular rearrangements involving carbocations, a process that can change the expected outcome of reactions such as alkene addition reactions, substitution reactions, and elimination reactions, to name a few. (Runtime = 10.47)

Student Learning Outcomes
After viewing this tutorial and practicing problems from this website and your textbook, you should be able to:
• Classify and predict the relative stability of any set of carbocations.
• Provide the mechanism of any carbocation rearrangement reaction.
• Predict when a carbocation rearrangement will occur and the product that will be formed.

Practice Problems
Here are some problems to get you started. You should first try each on a piece of paper. Then, place your cursor over the graphic and click on right arrow that appears to see the answer. The right and left arrows allow you to move back and forth between problems. Please note that these are not the only types of problems/questions that exist on this topic. Refer to your textbook and any problems your instructor provides you for more practice with this subject.


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