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Reaction classification, naming product formation, reagent conversions, and rapid alcohol reactions

1. Classify the reaction shown below:
CH3CH2CHOHCH3 -------------> CH3CH2COCH3
a. oxidation
b. reduction
c. acid-base
d. none of the above

2. When (R)-2-butanol is treated with TsCl in pyridine, the product formed is...
a. a single enantiomer
b. a racemic mixture
c. a mixture of diastereomers
d. an achiral compound

3. Which of the following reagents can be used to convert cyclopentanol to cyclopentane?
a. 1) TsCl/pyridine 2) LiAlH4
b. 1)NaBH4 2) H3O+
c. 1)H2SO4/heat 2)H2/Pt
d. A and C

4. Which of the following alcohols will react most rapidly with the Lucas reagent (HCl, ZnCl2)?
a. CH3CH2CH2CH2OH
b. (CH3)3COH
c. CH3CHOHCH2CH3
d. (CH3)2CHCH2OH

Solution Preview

1. This is an oxidation reaction because we're converting an alcohol into a ketone. Notice the loss of hydrogen, a classic identification for an oxidation reaction.

2. Since the carbon-oxygen bond of the alcohol is not broken when tosyl chloride reacts with alcohols, ...

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