Problem: Draw the major organic product formed when the compound shown below is heated with CH3OH.

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For this problem, we have to draw the major product formed when the compound shown below is heated with CH3OH.


In this case, we have a carboxylic acid reacting with alcohol which will proceed to a

The mechanism Fischer esterification follows this series of steps:

(1) Protonation of carbonyl 

(2) Nucleophilic attack of alcohol

(3) Proton transfer of -OH to the -OR group

(4) Reformation of C=O group (elimination)

(5) Deprotonation of the C=O+H group

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Draw the major organic product formed when the compound shown below is heated with CH3OH.

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