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What is the major product of the reaction between 4-chlorobut-1-ene?

When acetic acid looses hydrogen, an acetate ion is formed which attacks 4-chlorobut-1-ene, forming methyl butenoate. How does the cyclic structure form? Does the lone pair of oxygen attack the butene moiety internally?

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In solvolysis of simple primary cyclopropylmethyl systems the rate is enhanced because of participation by the $\sigma $ bonds of the ring. The ion that forms initially is an unrearranged cyclopropylmethyl cation that is symmetrically stabilized, that is, both the 2,3 and 2,4 $\sigma $ bonds help stabilize the positive charge(page 464 ,JerryMarch ,Advanced Organic Chemistry Reactions, Mechanisms,and Structure,Sixth Edition).

The reaction of various cyclopropylmethyl systems are given below.

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In the question 4-chlorobut-1-ene (1) undergoes rearrangement as shown in the scheme 3 and scheme 4 to give 1a, 1b and 1c.Assuming solvolysis with acetic acid ,1a, 1b and 1c would give 2, 3 and 4.

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  • $\begingroup$ Which would be the major product? I feel it would be 3 $\endgroup$ – thewitness Jul 12 at 10:30
  • $\begingroup$ @thewitness , the product composition could follow the one I suggested in Scheme 1.But this reaction is with acetic acid and composition may change.Access to a journal could verify or disprove it. $\endgroup$ – Chakravarthy Kalyan Jul 12 at 11:31

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