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In an organic chemistry lab, a student devised an experiment in which she would treat benzoic acid with t

-butanol in an acid-catalyzed esterification reaction using concentrated sulfuric acid. Regretfully, the synthetic yield of the expected t-butylester was exceedingly low. Please explain this low yield of the desired product in terms of the chemistry that actually occurred in the reaction flask. [This attempted esterification reaction would have been better suited to dicyclohexylcarbodiimide (DCC/pyridine) esterification conditions.]

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