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Unformatted text preview: You may assume that H 2 O is present in large excess. You may also assume that the reactive acid present when a catalytic amount of H 2 SO 4 is dissolved in H 2 O is H 3 O + it is not necessary to show how H 3 O + is generated under these reaction conditions. To help you get started, the reactants involved in the first step of the mechanism are written below the overall transformation. H 3 O + acts as a catalyst in this reaction, so to receive full credit, your mechanism should show how H 3 O + is regenerated at the end of the mechanism! H 2 SO 4 (cat.) H 2 O (large excess) OH H O H H...
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