Problem: Which of the following is the product of the following reaction?

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Recall that alcohols are converted to alkenes via POCl3 dehydration, which is carried out using POCl3 in pyridine and occurs in two steps:

(1) nucleophilic attack + deprotonation – the –OH group attacks POCl3 via SN2. The intermediate is immediately deprotonated by pyridine, which is a base.

(2) E2 β-elimination – pyridine removes a β-hydrogen via E2


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Which of the following is the product of the following reaction?

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