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Homework Help: Carbon oxygen bond stability?

  1. May 29, 2008 #1
    2 quick ochem questions...

    1. Why is a carbon oxygen double bond more thermodynamically stable than a carbon oxygen single bond?

    2. Can -OH be a leaving group in basic conditions, it would seem strange to protinate it in basic conditions?

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  3. Jun 2, 2008 #2


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    More thermodynamically stable than what? Than RRC+-O-? Or R-CH2-OH?

    OH is never a good leaving group unless the negative charge is somehow dealt with. In what base catalyzed reaction do you see OH- as a leaving group?
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