Problem: Draw the most stable form of the major product in the following reaction.

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The Claisen condensation is a base-catalyzed reaction between an ester and another carbonyl compound producing a beta-keto ester or beta-diketone as the product.



We can identify the product without going through the mechanism and simply following the pattern of the general reaction. 

Place the structure, in a similar orientation as the general reaction given above. 

  • Duplicate the structures. 
  • Make an enolate in one structure. 
  • Remove the OR group from structure 2. 


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Draw the most stable form of the major product in the following reaction.