This is the link for the assignment: http://imageshack.us/f/840/assignmentsynthesisofev.jpg/ 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data Given in the link 2. Relevant equations Why would the proposed synthesis be successful if the reaction stopped after 2 hrs? How does H attack compound 2 to create compound 3? 3. The attempt at a solution After 2 hrs. Compound 1 is higher than compound 2. Compound 1 is less polar than compound 2. So if that was the case, than the products would be compound 2. I don't understand why H would react with the OH group and detach it away from Compound 2. Thank you for the help!