FL #1 C/P Question 51

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heatfan
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FL #1 C/P Question 51

Post by heatfan » Sun Jun 10, 2018 3:23 am

Hello,

Wouldn't fluorine be a stabilizing, because it is more electronegative and thus more electron-withdrawing? Thanks.
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Re: FL #1 C/P Question 51

Post by NS_Tutor_Katelyn » Mon Jun 11, 2018 2:58 pm

heatfan wrote:Hello,

Wouldn't fluorine be a stabilizing, because it is more electronegative and thus more electron-withdrawing? Thanks.
No, an electron withdrawing group would destabilize a carbocation. Cations (ions with positive charge) are stabilized by electron donation and destabilized by electron withdrawal.
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