Alkoxymercuration-Demercuration Reduction is a tricky mechanism for organic chemistry students. Not because it's any more difficult than oxymercuration, but simply because students tend to overlook the alcohol reagent and miss the alkyl group in the product.
The video below helps you understand the similarities and differences between oxymercuration and alkoxymercuration of alkenes. The video also takes you through the step by step mechanism to ensure you understand this reaction.
Watch this video on YouTube or read the transcript (coming soon)
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