Problem: In the solvolysis of  t-butyl chloride, a minor product is 2-methylpropene, which results from the: (CH3)3CCl   +   H2O →  (CH3)3COH  +  (CH3)2C=CH2     major                 minor a) E2 mechanism with OH ¯ acting as the base. b) E2 mechanism with H2O acting as the base. c) E1 mechanism with OH ¯ acting as the base. d) E1 mechanism with H2O acting as the base.

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In the solvolysis of  t-butyl chloride, a minor product is 2-methylpropene, which results from the:

(CH3)3CCl   +   H2O →  (CH3)3COH  +  (CH3)2C=CH2

    major                 minor

a) E2 mechanism with OH ¯ acting as the base.

b) E2 mechanism with H2O acting as the base.

c) E1 mechanism with OH ¯ acting as the base.

d) E1 mechanism with H2O acting as the base.

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