1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data when chiral 2-bromobutane reacts with aqueous hydroxide ions, the optical activity of the product is reversed. Suggest why the optical isomerism is reversed. 3. The attempt at a solution i have no idea... but i don't know if the fact that the hydroxide ion will attack the electron deficient carbon (from C - Br) away from the Br atom to avoid repulsion may lead to the answer... thanks!