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difference between primary, secondary and teritary structures of halogenoalkanes? watch

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    its v v confusing.

    Can someone explain it to me?

    A primary halogenoalkane is where there are two H atoms bonded to the C atom bonded to the halogen (Cl, Br, I) for example 1-bromobutane

    Secondary is one H atom, for example 2-bromobutane

    If you draw those examples out it should help

    Tertiary is no H atoms
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    if the carbon bearing the halogen is attached to at least two hydrogen, it's a primary.
    At least one hydrogen attached? You got secondary.
    No hydrogen attached, you got tertiary.

    It can be applied even for alcohols, not just halogenoalkanes.

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