Core Investigative Skills

To complete the investigations you will need to hone your investigative skills. Below are a series of examples, they focus on particular aspects of reaction mechanisms and will help you with the investigations section.

Substrate Inspection: Examining the substrate can give clues to the recation mechanism.

Leaving groups Carbocations Electron poor substrates Electron rich substrates

Reagent Inspection: Inspecting the reagents can give clues to the reaction mechanism.

Electrophilic reagents Nucleophiles and bases Radicals Solvent types