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    How would you synthesize propanoic acid from acetic acid?

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    How would you synthesize propanoic acid from acetic acid? Give all reagents and intermediates.

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    I would run a grignard type reaction, since they seem to run very well. Make a grignard reagent out of the acetic acid by first reducing the ...

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    To the grignard, react with CO2 gas in ether, followed by work up with an acid, say HCl and you will have your propionic acid. See solution for full answer.

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