# How many isomers can the reaction of "trimethylmethane" with ONE equiv of Cl_2(g) generate?

Jan 5, 2017

Two structural isomers are possible:

#### Explanation:

${\left({H}_{3} C\right)}_{3} C H + C {l}_{2} \rightarrow {\left({H}_{3} C\right)}_{3} C - C l + H C l$

ELSE

${\left({H}_{3} C\right)}_{3} C H + C {l}_{2} \rightarrow {\left({H}_{3} C\right)}_{2} \left(H\right) C - C {H}_{2} C l + H C l$

Substitution of the primary carbon is statistically favoured; yet substitution of the tertiary carbon is kinetically favoured. $\text{Tert-butyl chloride}$ is thus the major product.