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16. Conjugated Systems

Diels-Alder Retrosynthesis

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Imagine you are given the final cyclization product for a Diels-alder reaction and asked which diene and dienophile were required to make the 6-membered ring in the first place. What do you do?

It turns out the process is a lot easier than you might think.  

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So now that we know the process, let's go ahead and apply it to the following molecules:

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