Write the balanced equation for the overall preparation of dibenzalacetone.
Why does the acetone carbanion react with benaldehyde rather than another molecule of acetone?
Why is this reaction carried out in a solvent mixture that contains both water (in which 10% NaOH is dissolved) and alcohol? Why can't either solvent be used alone.
What should be the approximate location of C=O in the IR spectrum of pure dibenzalacetone?
What happens if too much acetone is used the synthesis of dibenzalacetone?
What hapens if the reaction flask isn't stoppered and some of the acetone evaporates during the synthesis of dibenzalacetone?
What happens if the product crystals are filtered immediately upon formation?
What is aldol condensation?