Can you help me with these

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Can you help me with these

problems? (see attached) They are from an organic chemistry lab, on the synthesis of dimedone from dimethyl malonate and mesityl oxide. Feel free to count each problem as one tutor question. Thank you!

2. Questions a – g pertain to this reaction. Describe the purpose of the following procedural steps. Ans
each question in the space provided for a – g. (7 pts total, 1 pt each)
1. 25% NaOMe/MeOH
product
3. NaOH, heat
4. aqueous HCI, heat
a. What would be the resu of adding 25% NaOMe/MeOH via the addition funnel without washi
full points.
replacing the funnel before adding the Michael acceptor? Support your answer mechanistically to
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b. Why is it important to remove the solvent prior to the assembly of the second reflux? Support yo
answer mechanistically to merit full points.
c. Why use NaOH and not NaOMe in the second reflux? Show structures to support your statement.
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