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What is the best way to remeber the differences between Sn1, Sn2, E1 and E2 reations? 

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The best way to remember differences between SN1,  SN2, E1 and E2 reaction is that

S1 or 2
unimolecular
or bimolecular
Substitution
Nucleophilic
E1 or 2
unimolecular
Elimination
or bimolecular
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S1 or 2 unimolecular or bimolecular Substitution Nucleophilic E1 or 2 unimolecular Elimination or bimolecular

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Difference between SN and E

‘SN’ stands for nucleophilic substitution

‘E’ stands for elimination

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 Difference between SN1 and SN2

 

SN1 stands for nucleophilic substitution unimolecular i.e. the rate determining step involves only one reactant.

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