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The above reaction proceeds through

 



Your Answer
A

Nucleophilic substitution 

Your Answer
B

Electrophilic substitution 

Correct Answer
C

Free radical substitution

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D

More than one of the above processes 


Solution

The correct option is D

Free radical substitution


This is a good example of a photochemical reaction. A reaction brought about by light. 
 

One of the hydrogen atoms in the methyl group has been replaced by a chlorine atom, so this is a substitution reaction. However, the reaction doesn't stop there, and all three hydrogens in the methyl group can, in turn, be replaced by chlorine atoms.

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