MCAT Biology : Reactions with Carboxylic Acids

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Reactions With Carboxylic Acids

Compound B is dissolved in methylene chloride, and then treated with trifluoroacetic acid. Over the next thirty minutes, gas evolution was observed from the reaction mixture. What gas was being given off?

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Correct answer:


Explanation:

Treatment of a carboxylic acid with acid results in decarboxylation, and the evolution of , especially if the resulting compound contains a benzylic or allylic carbon, as is the case here.

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