Problem: A student wants to synthesize propionitrile from ethanol.Which of the following reagents would work? (Select all that apply).a. 1. H3O+ 2. NaCNb. 1. SOCl2, pyridine 2. NaCNc. 1. PBr3, pyridine 2. NaCNd. NaCNe. 1. HBr 2. NaCN

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A student wants to synthesize propionitrile from ethanol.

Which of the following reagents would work? (Select all that apply).

a. 1. H3O2. NaCN

b. 1. SOCl2, pyridine 2. NaCN

c. 1. PBr3, pyridine 2. NaCN

d. NaCN

e. 1. HBr 2. NaCN

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