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Problem: Draw the structures of the aldol addition and condensation products of pentanal. Draw only one final condensation product. 

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We’re being asked to draw the product for the aldol addition and condensation of pentanal.



Recall that aldehydes and ketones undergo aldol condensation to form a α,β-unsaturated carbonyl compound. This occurs in three steps:

(1) enolate formation: the carbonyl compound loses a α-hydrogen, forming an enolate


(2) nucleophilic addition: the enolate attacks the other carbonyl compound, forming a tetrahedral intermediate

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Draw the structures of the aldol addition and condensation products of pentanal.

 Draw only one final condensation product. 

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