In which compound chlorine is most reactive and in which least reactive towards aq. NaOH and why ?

a. methyl chloride

b. chlorobenzene

c. vinyl chloride

d. benzyl chloride

e. allyl chloride

Please explain briefly .

The reactivity will depend on the stability of the carbocation formed after loss of Cl,

Therefore, Benzylic will be the most reactive while methyl will be the least reactive.

The order of stability (and reactivity) is given as benzylic>allylic>pheny>vinyl>methyl

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