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    It's not covered in the book, so I took a crack at guessing the reaction equation, as I'm sure I have to know it. Can you tell me if this is correct?

    C_6H_5(CH_3) + 3HNO_3\xrightarrow[\text{Heated under reflux}/ 30^{\circ}]{conc. H_2SO_4}C_6H_2(NO_2)_3CH_3+3H_2O
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    (Original post by ViralRiver)
    It's not covered in the book, so I took a crack at guessing the reaction equation, as I'm sure I have to know it. Can you tell me if this is correct?

    C_6H_5(CH_3) + 3HNO_3\xrightarrow[\text{Heated under reflux}/ 30^{\circ}]{conc. H_2SO_4}C_6H_2(NO_2)_3CH_3+3H_2O
    Assuming it goes all the way to trinitro..

    yes
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    Perfect, thank-you .
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    effectively yes, but the reaction is a lot more complicated than that. The H2SO4 reacts with the HNO3 to give NO2+ ions that substitute onto the benzene ring.
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    Yeah it looks right. Just remember the intermediate of N O2+.
 
 
 
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