Question #026cd

1 Answer
Apr 17, 2017

You get a Wurtz reaction.


The Wurtz reaction is a coupling reaction in which two alkyl halides react with sodium metal in a dry ether solution to form a higher alkane:

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The reaction with 1,3-dihalides readily gives cyclopropanes as the product.

Thus, I would expect 1,3-dibromo-2-(bromomethyl)propane initially to form (bromomethyl)cycloprane.


The product is still an alkyl halide.

I would expect it to react further and form 1,2-dicyclopropylethane.