I came across this exercise:


Why do we need THF?

How the THF influence the mechanism?

I couldn't find any link or external explanation, if you do please share.

Thanks in advance.

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    $\begingroup$ It's a solvent. You need to keep the reagents in an environment that's good for reacting, $\endgroup$ – Pritt says Reinstate Monica Jun 29 '17 at 6:36
  • $\begingroup$ That's it? So we would still have methylene cyclohexane as a product like we would find in a normal dehydration? $\endgroup$ – Riccardo Gee Jun 29 '17 at 7:18
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    $\begingroup$ You won't get methylene cyclohexane, you get 1-methylcyclohexene as mentioned in the picture. But THF doesn't do anything other than that. The solvent was mentioned just so that the reaction is more "descriptive". $\endgroup$ – Pritt says Reinstate Monica Jun 29 '17 at 8:30
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    $\begingroup$ related chemistry.stackexchange.com/questions/41836/… $\endgroup$ – Mithoron Jun 29 '17 at 15:02