This one problem given in my textbook is confusing because all I know is we can use a weak base for an E1 Reaction. But the reagent given is a methoxide ion. I thought the answer would B but it is C. Compound C is a result of ring expansion which is a characteristic of an E1 Reaction. I still firmly believe that the pathway should be an E2 reaction.

It's the third problem.

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    $\begingroup$ The agent given is not methoxide, it is methanol and heat which makes E1 far more likely. $\endgroup$
    – Waylander
    Sep 18 at 13:13
  • $\begingroup$ Think about ionization to get C. $\endgroup$
    – user55119
    Sep 18 at 14:02
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    $\begingroup$ Please add a complete citation for "my textbook". $\endgroup$
    – andselisk
    Sep 18 at 14:45

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