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Homework Help: Chemistry

Posted by Carole on Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 6:58am.

I just completed a lab called "Acid-Catalyzed Dehydration of an Alcohol: Synthesis of 2-Octenes."
I started with 2-octanol and the lab instructions said the product had the possibility of being 1-octene, trans-2-octene, and/or cis-2-octene. I did end up with trans-2-octene (based on the IR spectrum). BUT, I'm not sure about how to answer this question:

Why should trans-2-octene be the major product?

Thank you.

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