Organic Chemistry 9th Edition

Published by Brooks Cole
ISBN 10: 1305080483
ISBN 13: 978-1-30508-048-5

Chapter 2 - Polar Covalent Bonds; Acids and Bases - Problem: 14

Answer

Both the reaction will not take place in the direction mentioned.

Work Step by Step

In table 2.3 notice that H-CN is a weaker acid than the product CH3COOH. Therefore, the reaction will not make forward progress. Similarly in second case H-CN is a stronger acid than CH3CH2OH.
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