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Problem: Write a mechanism for the nitration of methyl benzoate (major product only) Include the formation of the electrophile from the reaction of nitric acid with sulfuric acid. Only one resonance structure is needed for the intermediate in the EAS portion of the mechanism

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Carbocation intermediate  attacked by base (electron-pair donor/nucleophile) → loses H 


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Write a mechanism for the nitration of methyl benzoate (major product only) Include the formation of the electrophile from the reaction of nitric acid with sulfuric acid. Only one resonance structure is needed for the intermediate in the EAS portion of the mechanism

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