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Homework Help: WURTZ REACTION Problem for alkanes using dry ether

  1. Dec 26, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    The problem given was to find out the resulting compound of this Wurtz reaction process using dry ether (Na).

    2. Relevant equations
    Now the main problem I faced was how to remove the Cl-atom and Br-atom. I am new to this so please help me out.

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I tried this out on my own. The dots are of course free electrons. Is this answer possible?? If not please help.

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  3. Dec 26, 2012 #2
    You are on the right track but those free electrons (these are called free radicals) will appear on the carbons attached to the halogens. Can you proceed now?
  4. Dec 27, 2012 #3
    Yeah that's right free radicals. I tried this and got Bicyclo[1.1.0]butane. I presume it's right, isn't it??

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  5. Dec 27, 2012 #4
    Yep, you got it right! :smile:
  6. Dec 29, 2012 #5
    Thanks a lot!!
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