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Reaction of alkyl halide with KCN yields alkane nitrile while reaction of alkyle halide with AgCN yield isocynide. Explain why?

Reaction of alkyl halide with KCN yields alkane nitrile while reaction of alkyle halide with AgCN yield isocynide. Explain why?

Grade:12

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shashank
41 Points
6 years ago
this ques is in ncert. Being a covalent compound only N atom is available for attack when agcn is used. And in KCN both are available for attack due to ionic character but only carbon atom wil attack because charge on N atom is more stable than charge on C atom.

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