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Diels-Alder Reaction

  1. Dec 3, 2008 #1
    Hi,

    This is not a homework question but something I found within my textbook. I just wanted to understand a solution they gave to the problem.

    The question is:
    Predict the product of the following Diels-Alder reaction:

    The structures of two molecules, a diene (4 carbons long) and a methyl butyrate (methyl butanoate).

    The answer has the methyl ester and H atom popping out of the book. I just wanted to confirm that it would not be wrong if it was drawn with the methyl ester and H atom going into the book would it? I do not think this is an endo substituent in this case.
     
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2008
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  3. Dec 5, 2008 #2

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    Is methyl butyrate a dienophile? Not in my books.
     
  4. Dec 5, 2008 #3
    Sorry, I misspelled the molecules name. It is methyl 2-butenoate (I believe that is the correct name). There is a double bond between the second and third carbon after the COO- group.
     
  5. Dec 5, 2008 #4

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    ... and is the diene cyclic? Is that methyl-2-butenoate E or Z?
     
  6. Dec 5, 2008 #5
    It is Z, the diene is not cyclic.
     
  7. Dec 5, 2008 #6

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