Alcohol + Carboxylic acid + acid → Fischer esterification
This reaction follows a mechanism of:
(2) Nucleophilic substitution
(3) Proton transfer
(4) Reformation of C=O bond
Predict the ester product of the following reaction:
CH3OH + CH3CH2CH2COOH product + H2O
methanol butanoic acid
Express your answer using the IUPAC name.
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