Problem: As a method for the preparation of alkenes, a weakness in the acid-catalyzed dehydration of alcohols is that the initially formed alkene (or mixture of alkenes) sometimes isomerizes under the conditions of its formation. Write a stepwise mechanism showing how 2-methyl-1-butene might isomerize to 2-methyl-2-butene in the presence of sulfuric acid.

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As a method for the preparation of alkenes, a weakness in the acid-catalyzed dehydration of alcohols is that the initially formed alkene (or mixture of alkenes) sometimes isomerizes under the conditions of its formation. Write a stepwise mechanism showing how 2-methyl-1-butene might isomerize to 2-methyl-2-butene in the presence of sulfuric acid.

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