SN1 reactions do not make sense to me

  1. In one instance, my textbook says:

    (tert-butyl OH) + (HCl) ---> (tert-butyl Cl) + (H2O)

    In another instance:

    (tert-butyl Cl) + (H2O) ---> (tert-butyl OH) + (HCl)

    As you can see, there is a contradiction; the idea that reactions occur to achieve lower state of energy is broken since, in one reaction, "B" is lower energy and, in the other reaction, "A" is lower energy.

    One of these reactions should disqualify the other one from occurring (unless this is a reversible reaction).
  2. jcsd
  3. chemisttree

    chemisttree 3,717
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    Its reversible.
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