I need help determining whether a reaction with shift left or right specifically 7d!Attached is the problem I need help with

asked by @erinb20 • almost 2 years ago • Organic Chemistry • 5 pts

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Hello Erin! We will rely on the concepts of acid-base equilibrium to answer this. As you can recall, the reaction must proceed from strong to weak meaning that the side with the least pKa (less acidic) is more favored. Here we have a primary (pKa=18) and a tertiary alcohol (pKa=16). The left side will be more favored because we have the primary alcohol there with the least pKa compared to the tertiary. I hope that made sense

answered by @reyn • almost 2 years ago