For this problem, we have to determine the product formed when 2 moles of 2-methylbutanal are treated with cold aqueous base.
In this case, we have two aldehydes reacting to one another which is called self-aldol condensation
This follows a mechanism of:
(1) Formation of enolate
(2) Nucleophilic attack of enolate to the other carbonyl
(3) Protonation of the tetrahedral intermediate
Draw the structure of the product formed when 2-methylbutanal is treated with cold aqueous base.
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