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20. Carboxylic Acid Derivatives:NAS

Acid-Catalyzed Ester Hydrolysis

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Are you having deja vu? You should be! We are learning a mechanism that is the exact opposite of Fischer Esterification.That means instead of going from a Carboxylic Acid to an Ester, we are hydrolyzing an Ester to a Carboxylic Acid

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