Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsChemistry · 2 months ago

Using a ‘curly arrow’ mechanism, how does molecule A, depicted in then image below, convert into molecule B which is an allylic carbocation?

As seen in the image, molecule A is treated with a strong acid.

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  • 2 months ago
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    when the protonation occurs, the heterolysis of C-O bond also occurs. Then OH-(hydroxy group) is converted to H2O, which is a better leaving group than the hydroxy group, and leaves. Because of the heterolysis, carbon atom turns into electron deficient, so it turns into carbocation.

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