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    Indicate the reaction conditions you would employ to accomplish the following:
    a. Conversion of tert-butyl chloride to 2-methylpropene to maximize the yield of the elimination product over the substitution product.
    b. The conversion of tert-butylchloride to tert-butyl ethyl ether to insure the highest possible yield of the ether.

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    See the attached file.
    a. This reaction is an E1 reaction. C-Cl bond is to be broken before any reaction occurs with base to lose a hydrogen and form the carbon-carbon double bond. You can do so in the solvent methanol. Methanol can act as a weak ...

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