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13.3: Driving Equilibrium Reactions by LeChatelier's Principle

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  • In this reaction, we drive the equilibrium towards formation of the product by removing the alkene as soon as it forms. We accomplish this by distillation. Removal of the product from the reaction mixture will result in formation of more product, according to LeChatelier’s principle.

    The crude distillate will contain mostly product, but will also contain some alcohol, water, and acid.

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