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IB syllabus for first examinations 2016

10.6 - Reaction pathways


10.6.1: Deduce reaction pathways given the starting materials and the product.


Conversions with more than two stages will not be assessed. Reagents, conditions and equations should be included.

For example: The conversion of but-2-ene to butanone can be done in two stages:

1. but-2-ene can be heated with steam and a catalyst to form butan-2-ol.

2. The butan-2-ol can then be oxidised by heating with acidified potassium dichromate(VI) to form butanone.

Schematic


Resources

Organic reaction pathways (full screen)