Reactivity parallels acid strength. The
alkene is a very weak base so you need
a very strong acid to get a reaction.
In the ionic addition of an unsymmetrical reagent to a double bond, the positive
portion of the adding reagent attaches itself to a carbon atom to the double bond as
to yield the more stable carbocation as an intermediate (You already knew this from
SN1 reactions. The most stable carbocation intermediate forms)
attached to the carbon
atom of the double
bond with the greater
number of hydrogens
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