Problem: a) Predict the organic product of the reaction of 2-methylpropan-1-ol with phosphorus tribromide.b) Phosphorus tribromide makes the oxygen of the alcohol a good leaving group and also provides the nucleophilic bromide. Complete the last step of the mechanism below by using curved arrows.

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We are asked to predict the organic product of the reaction of 2-methylpropan-1-ol with phosphorus tribromide and provide the last step of the mechanism. 


Alcohol + PBr3 → Alcohol Conversion → Product: R-X (Alkyl halide)


The product is: 


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a) Predict the organic product of the reaction of 2-methylpropan-1-ol with phosphorus tribromide.


b) Phosphorus tribromide makes the oxygen of the alcohol a good leaving group and also provides the nucleophilic bromide. Complete the last step of the mechanism below by using curved arrows.




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