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Explain the chlorination at C2 of pentane yields a racemic form of 2-chloropentane?

Explain the chlorination at C2 of pentane yields a racemic form of 2-chloropentane?

Grade:12

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Sakshi
askIITians Faculty 652 Points
5 years ago
During the chlorination of pentane at C2, we have 3 possibilities for constitutional isomers: 1-chloropentane, 2-chloropentane, and 3-chloropentane.
If we consider only the 2-chloropentane, there are chances of formation of two products given as

Thus, one can say that a recimic mixture is obtained.496-1140_drawingenantiomerschloropentane.png

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