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Inductive effect

  1. Feb 10, 2008 #1
    i havnt understood anything about inductive effect,please explain me this n +I effect and
    -I effect
    many reasoning questions are based on this topic and i fail to get any marks in them
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  3. Feb 10, 2008 #2
    The inductive effect is when an electronegative atom/s in close proximity to an A-H bond makes a molecule more acidic then its counterpart lacking the electronegative atoms. Remember that the loss of a proton is an equilibrium process. Anything that makes the conjugate base more stable makes the conjugate acid stronger. Anything that destablizes the acid also makes it more acidic.

    In acids which lose a proton to form an anion, this effect is primarily due to the stabilization of the conjugate base. The electronegative atom causes a slight delocalization of the negative charge. Anything that delocalizes charge makes a molecule more stable.

    In cationic acids, the electronegative atom destabilizes the acid by drawing in electron density and concentrating the charge even further onto one atom. This pushes the equilibrium (relatively) in favor of proton loss.
  4. Feb 24, 2008 #3
    The most basic way to explain it is that the inductive effect is used to explain how certain groups can "Push" and "Pull" charge that is next to them, the most common example is the Methyl (or similar alkyl group) that will "Push" negative charge from itself and toward whatever it is attatched to, this is called a "+I" group because of this effect. The pushing of negative charge towards something that is positive will help make that species a little less positive then if it was all alone and therefore less unstable.

    This also applied to elminination and addition reactions, In early chemistry you may have done the addition of [tex]Br_{2}[/tex] to an alkene such as Propene, although at higher levels this is described more eliquently with anti additions and such if you use the mechanism that a Br "Adds" to one of the carbons on either side of the double bond, and leaves a positive charge on the other carbon then the inductive effect plays a role in determining the most preferred place for that first Br atom to add (The least substituted place, so the inductive effect pushes charge onto the cation)
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