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RELATIVE RATES OF COMPETING REACTIONS
Chemical behavior is a matter of relative rates of competing reactions.
The competing reaction which occurs the fastest, predominates (makes more product than the other competing reactions).
The predominate reaction is usually the reaction which was the easiest mechanism
STRUCTURE: The Functional Group
The atom or group of atoms that defines the structure of a particular family of organic compounds and, at the same time, determines their properties is called the functional