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Problem: Draw the structure of the product formed when 2-methylbutanal is treated with cold aqueous base.

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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

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Draw the structure of the product formed when 2-methylbutanal is treated with cold aqueous base.

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