Acid Catalyzed Hydration of Alkenes

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Acid catalyzed hydration of alkenes is the reaction in which a pi bond is broken and an alcohol added to the Markovnikov position when carried out in water. When alcohol is used as the reaction solvent an ether will form following the same reaction mechanism.

The video below is Part 5 in my Alkene Reaction Mechanism series and will take you through the acid catalyzed alkene hydration reaction in step by step detail

Acid Catalyzed Hydration of Alkenes Tutorial Video

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  1. so I came acorss this alkyne and the reaction is added hgso4, h2so4/h20. would you treat it the same. as th above example

  2. Hi. Great videos, but I notice a slight mistake. A pH of 0.1 means the [H+] is 0.1 mol per litre, or 1 mole of H+ in 10 L of water. 10 L of water contains about 555 mol, so that means 1 H+ for every 555 H2O molecules.

  3. What about Sylvolysis? Isn’t it Hydration with an additional step?

    • I don’t understand your question Aana. Solvolysis is when the solvent reacts. In acid catalyzed hydration the acid is a catalyst and water is the solvent and nucleophile

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