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Homework Help: Need help on organic synthesis

  1. Nov 14, 2006 #1
    Hey, I'm trying to figure out how to convert 4-methylpentanoic acid into 4-methyl-2-bromopentanoic acid and I'm stuck. It's second semester O-chem for reference. Any ideas? Thanks.
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  3. Nov 14, 2006 #2
    this is probably wrong but simply treat with bromine and UV light? its the carbon with the least number of H on it so itll lose it more easily than the others.
  4. Apr 1, 2010 #3
    Camphor synthesis
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