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Intramolecular Reaction with carbocation rearrangement

I came across a question recently which is as follows, I came up with a mechanism but I am stuck at a step as I am unable to reason out the driving force. Step(3) has a hydride shift and its next ...
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Question on ring expansion

In the orange box, I think that the blue-carbon should be a carbocation instead. So, option A should be correct. But, the answer is B. Why is it so?
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Reaction mechanism of rearrangement

I am currently studying for my organic chemistry exam, but there is one problem I do not understand. Unfortunately, I do not have any solutions. See image for the problem. My first thought was the ...
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Rearrangement considerations in feasibility of SN1 in given reactants

I have been asked to compare the feasibility of Unimolecular Nucleophilic Substitution ($\mathrm{S_N1}$) in the following question. I have received instruction that the reaction will be feasible only ...
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Tiffeneau–Demjanov rearrangement products

With reference to the paper McCasland, G. E. Pinacolic Rearrangements of Epimeric Aminocyclanols. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1951, 73 (5), 2293–2295 DOI: 10.1021/ja01149a110. (ResearchGate link). It states ...
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8a-methyl-1,2,3,4,4a,8a-hexahydronaphthalen-4a-ylium carbocation rearrangement

In this reaction after the attack of lone pairs on $\ce{H+}$ ions, a stable $3^{°}$ carbocation is formed. But seeing the six membered ring and the double bonds already present, I can't help but think ...
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Mechanism of Fritsch–Buttenberg–Wiechell rearrangement

The following reaction was given, which uses potassium t-butoxide. The solution to this problem was given as follows: Step 1 is the attack of strong base, t-butoxide, on the vinyl proton. Step 2 ...
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Retention of configuration in Hofmann rearrangement

Why is there a retention of configuration in Hofmann bromamide degradation/Hofmann rearrangement? I would think that there should be an inversion of configuration due to the migration of alkyl group ...
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Rearrangment during alkyne synthesis

What I have got as (G) is this. $\hskip1in$ My questions How the rearrangement from (G) to $non-1-yne$ can happen i.e. its mechanism? Why Sodium Amide in particular yield terminal alkyne, unlike ...
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Ring contraction in benzilic rearrangement

Wikipedia says that, Benzilic acid rearrangement occurs with ring contraction when used on cyclic diketones. But gave no explanation, can you please elaborate on this with some mechanism. One ...
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Determining ratio of competing fragmentation processes in mass spectrometry

In a photoionization experiment, three photons of wavelength 266 nm were absorbed by a neutral molecule of 6-methyl-2-heptanone. If the kinetic energy of the electron removed during ionization is 1.4 ...
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The oxidation of aldehydes and alpha-diketones with peroxy compounds

Recently, I have been reading up on the Baeyer-Villiger (BV) oxidation. The oxidation is most commonly discussed for ketones. However, the oxidation also works for aldehydes and $\alpha$-diketones (...
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Benzilic acid rearrangement

I'm in need for the exact mechanism of the above reaction. I attempted some tries(mentioned in the mechanism above) and I felt the yield quite unsatisfactory. - the last step remains stuck in an ...
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Shouldn't the 5-membered ring expand to a six membered one in this nucleophilic addition reaction?

I am dealing with a problem involving addition of $\ce{HCl}$ to a ring: According to what I think, the ring should expand to a six-membered following carbocation formation at the tertiary site, as a ...
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Reaction mechanism for the conversion of acyl hydrazide to acyl azide

How is an an acyl hydrazide converted into an acyl azide in the presence of $\ce{HNO2}$? According to me, the $\ce{-NH2}$ group of hydrazide will get converted into $\ce{-N2+}$ through $\ce{HNO2}$. ...
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Ring contraction when cyclohexene oxide is treated with methyl Grignard

My book writes that: Recall that epoxides rearrange with Lewis acids in a pinacol-like fashion, and that Grignard reagents in THF exist in the following equilibrium: I approached this ...
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Number of products on dehydrobromination

Question: The total number of alkene products possible from the dehydrobromination of 3-bromo-3-cyclopentylhexane using alcohol KOH is : This question was asked here before but I am getting more ...
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Major product of isomerization reaction

I am trying to come up with a logical mechanism for the following transformation, where 2-methylenecyclobutan-1-ol is converted to cyclopentanone under acidic conditions: What I have tried to do was ...
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Regioselectivity of the Beckmann rearrangement

It seems to be that the Beckmann rearrangement is a nice way to prepare secondary amines. This can be achieved by removal of oxygen via the use of $\ce{HI}$/$\ce{P}$. However, if ketones are used, ...