Question #3e98f

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Jun 28, 2017

Here is my understanding.


The #"Ag-O"# bond in silver nitrate is covalent.


Hence, the more nucleophilic #"N"# atom with its lone pair of electrons attacks the alkyl halide and forms a nitroalkane as the product.

On the other hand, potassium nitrite is an ionic compound.


The nitrite ion attacks mainly through the negatively charged #"O"# atom to form an alkyl nitrite.