Converting a secondary alkyl halide into a secondary alcohol

  1. I was reviewing for the MCAT and one of the examples given for converting a secondary alkyl halide into an alcohol was:

    R2H-Br -> R2H-OH

    1. RCO2-
    2. OH-

    In terms of the mechanism, what is the role of RCO2-?
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  3. Is the labeling of reagents 1 and 2 supposed to imply sequential reactions? Meaning is this recipe meant to be all done in one vessel?

    Can you give us a guess about the mechanism of this transformation?
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