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shouldnt this be written as CH3Cl + OH ----> CH3OH + Cl
Substitution reaction, any of a class of chemical reactions in which an atom, ion, or group of atoms or ions in a molecule is replaced by another atom, ion, or group. An example is the reaction in which the chlorine atom in the chloromethane molecule is displaced by the hydroxide ion, forming methanol: CH3Cl + −OH→ CH3OH + Cl-
Well said @badmood.
good job @badmood
Yes, that would the be the correct balanced equation in which all charges and atoms are equivalent.
What atoms are involved in the replacement?
look at the chloromethane in the reactant side of the equation. Then look at the product side what replaced the chlorine?
ya so it becomes methanol and the Cl is replaced by the Hydroxide
No, the atoms involved in the replacement are the Hydroxide (OH-) and the Cl-. Here is a visual driving|dw:1433131536651:dw| The OH- Replaces the Cl in chloromethane and then the Cl- anion becomes by itself and you are left with methanol on the product side.
And thats it?
And do you mean -OH?
Well, technically you write Hydroxide with the negative on the right side like this OH- but so the - doesnt become confused with the ---> in the equation i wrote it to the left. YOU will usually see OH- like this.
BUT that isnt too imporant.
Thank you! ;-)