I've been given the following exercise in organic chemistry, and I'm at a complete loss. The text book doesn't cover the subject at all. I have some knowledge of melonic ester synthesis. As an undergraduate student in biology, I have a really hard time grasping the concepts, so an in-depth explanation would be much appreciated.
The acetoacetic ester synthesis is closely related to the melonic ester synthesis, but involves alkylation with the anion of ethyl acetoacetate rather than diethyl malonate. Treatment of the ethyl acetoacetate anion with an alkyl halide, followed by decarboxylation, yields a ketone product: How would you prepare the following compound using an acetoatic ester synthesis?