Please explain this. We are dealing with carbocations and trying to stabilize them.

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  • Sorry what is your question? Nika commented about 3 years ago
  • I don't understand this mechanism. Where is the H coming from? Why does OH become H2O? Wouldn't it be easier to take a hydrogen atom from the methyl at the bottom and donate that to CH2 to make it a double bond? stephanie commented about 3 years ago
  • OH+H=H2O. You need to grab the hydrogen which would allow positive charge to disappear. methyl is too far away to stabilize CH2+. For me it onl makes sense to grab the hydrogen from the tertiary carbon as it is drawn in the picture. Just try grabbing the hydrogen from the methyl group and you will realize what I am saying Nika commented about 3 years ago