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  • Q:

    A researcher uses the molecule below as an acid catalyst to enable a reaction between a carboxylic acid and an alcohol. The reaction is designed to occur in water. Due to the relative insolubilities of the two reactants, the acid catalyst shown below can help. Which of the following best explains this catalyst's course of action?



     

    A

    The acid catalyst forms a micelle with its long chain hydrocarbons pointed outward. This allows the acid and alcohol to react in the presence of water.

    B

    The acid catalyst forms a micelle with its long chain hydrocarbons pointed inward. This provides an internal environment for the acid and alcohol molecules.

    C

    The acid catalyst provides an attractive leaving group with its long chain hydrocarbons.

    D

    The acid catalyst provides many acidic protons along its long chain hydrocarbon.




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