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why addition of HCN to unsaturated carbon compound is considered as 'electrophilic' since electrophilic and neutrophilic addition both takes place ?

why addition of HCN to unsaturated carbon compound is considered as 'electrophilic' since electrophilic and neutrophilic addition both takes place ?

Grade:12

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SAGAR SINGH - IIT DELHI
879 Points
10 years ago

Dear nik,

Alkynes add one molecule of HCN in the presence of Ba(CN)2. For example,

reaction of alkynes with HCN addition

Ethyne gives

ethyne gives vinyl cyanide

ethyne                                                             vinyl cyanide

 

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