# What are the steps in solving an SN1 reaction?

Jul 14, 2018

How do you propose that we demonstrate this without a scenario?

#### Explanation:

${S}_{N} 1$ reactions are essentially BOND-BREAKING reactions, that proceed thru the intermediacy of a three-membered intermediate. And we could examine the solvolysis of say a benzyl halide....

$P h C {H}_{2} X \stackrel{\text{slow"rarrunderbrace(PhCH_2^(+))_"benzyl carbocation}}{+} {X}^{-}$

And such a species could undergo solvolysis...i.e. with the alcoholic or aqueous solvent....

$P h C {H}_{2}^{+} + R O H \stackrel{- {H}^{+}}{\rightarrow} P h C {H}_{2} O R$

But you should digest the relevant chapter in your text....