The first step in the reaction is an alpha alkylation via malonic ester synthesis.
It then undergoes hydrolysis to make the ester groups carboxylic acids and the amide to -NH3+
Complete the reaction below by giving the structure of the major organic product.
This reaction is a variation of the malonic ester synthesis in which an amino group is protected by an acetyl group.
Hint: Acetic acid, ethanol, and carbon dioxide are all side-products in this reaction.
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