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    Choose the starting reagents: 2-phenylacetic acid and ethanol. Return to the lab and build the experimental set up. Use a heater, condenser and N2 gas. Add the reagent, H2SO4.

    In this experiment (a) which group in the acyl compound is being substituted and (b) what is the substituting group?

    a. (a) the carbonyl group of 2-phenylacetic acid
    (b) the hydroxyl group of ethanol
    b. (a) the hydroxyl group of ethanol
    (b) the carbonyl group of 2-phenylacetic acid
    c. (a) the hydroxyl group of 2-phenylacetic acid
    (b) the oxygen of ethanol
    d. (a) the hydroxyl group of ethanol
    (b) the oxygen of the hydroxyl group of 2-phenylacetic acid

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    The -OH part of the -COOH group of the acid is leaving (i.e., ...

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