Problem: Explain the following observations: When tert-butyl bromide is treated with sodium methoxide in a mixture of methanol and water, the rate of formation of tert-butyl alcohol and tert-butyl methyl ether does not change appreciably as the concentration of sodium methoxide is increased. However, increasing the concentration of sodium methoxide causes a marked increase in the rate at which tert-butyl bromide disappears from the mixture.  

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Explain the following observations: When tert-butyl bromide is treated with sodium methoxide in a mixture of methanol and water, the rate of formation of tert-butyl alcohol and tert-butyl methyl ether does not change appreciably as the concentration of sodium methoxide is increased. However, increasing the concentration of sodium methoxide causes a marked increase in the rate at which tert-butyl bromide disappears from the mixture.