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How are haloalkanes classifies as primary, secondary and tertiary?

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  • Dr W
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    depends on the carbon they are attached to.

    .. R - CH2 - X... . . .primary haloalkane

    .. . .. .R'

    .. .. . .|

    .. R - CH - X.. .. .... secondary haloalkane

    .. . .. .R'

    .. .. . .|

    .. R - C - X.. .. .... tertiary haloalkane

    .. .. . .|

    .. .. . R"

    note the differences

    .. primary.. X is attached to a C that is attached to 1 other C

    .. secondary.. X is attached to a C that is attached to 2 other C's

    .. tertiary... X is attached to a C that is attached to 3 other C's

    X is the halogen fyi

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