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Unformatted text preview: formed - there will be a partial positive charge on the primary carbon. If a fully formed secondary carbocation is more stable than a fully formed primary carbocation, a partially formed secondary carbocation will be more stable than a particlly formed primary carbocation. Hence the TS for formation of the secondary carbocation will be more stable than the TS for formation of the primary carbocation. Both possible protonations will be highly endothermic. Thus, the intermediate carbocations will be decent models for the transition states. For an endothermic reaction, the TS will resemble the products....
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