Problem: In a widely used industrial process, the mixture of ethylene and propene that is obtained by dehydrogenation of natural gas is passed into concentrated sulfuric acid. Water is added, and the solution is heated to hydrolyze the alkyl hydrogen sulfate. The product is almost exclusively a single alcohol. Is this alcohol ethanol, 1-propanol, or 2-propanol? Why is this particular one formed almost exclusively?   

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In a widely used industrial process, the mixture of ethylene and propene that is obtained by dehydrogenation of natural gas is passed into concentrated sulfuric acid. Water is added, and the solution is heated to hydrolyze the alkyl hydrogen sulfate. The product is almost exclusively a single alcohol. Is this alcohol ethanol, 1-propanol, or 2-propanol? Why is this particular one formed almost exclusively?   

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