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Problem: Part APredict the ester product of the following reaction: CH3OH           +     CH3CH2CH2COOH     product + H2O methanol                butanoic acidExpress your answer using the IUPAC name. 

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Alcohol + Carboxylic acid + acid → Fischer esterification

This reaction follows a mechanism of:

(1) Protonation

(2) Nucleophilic substitution

(3) Proton transfer

(4) Reformation of C=O bond

(5) Deprotonation

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Part A

Predict the ester product of the following reaction:

 CH3OH           +     CH3CH2CH2COOH     product + H2

methanol                butanoic acid

Express your answer using the IUPAC name. 

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