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Homework Help: Organic Chemistry

Posted by Catherine on Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 5:43pm.

Student A conducted the acid-catalyzed dehydration of ethanol at 180C and obtained a gaseous product. Student B conducted the same experiment at 140 C and obtained a lowboiling liquid. What were the products that each of the students made? Draw mechanisms for the formation of these products. What could account for the formation of two different products?(Hint: Consider what other reactions might compete with an elimination under
these conditions.)

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