Question: Draw a stepwise mechanism for the following reaction.
The stepwise mechanism of the given reaction is shown hereunder.
The base transfers its electron density to the acidic hydrogen and abstracts it from the acidic compound.
Upon undergoing the proton transfer reaction, the nucleophilic site thus formed on the then acid attacks the carbon attached to the electronegative atom. During this step, the ring opens.
NaOH attacks on the acidic hydrogen, i.e., the one attached to the oxygen atom. The newly formed carbanion species then attacks the carbon attached to the highly electronegative atom.
Thus, the ring breaks and an epoxide is formed. The mechanism of the given reaction is shown hereunder
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