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one of kaplan subj test explination about the alcohol dehydration is primary is slowest and the tertiary is the fastest...why is that? anybody could help?
 

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That's becasue dehyration is removing OH and forming carbocation and you want to form most stable carbocation thus it's tertiary.
 

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Yeah dehydration of alcohols is E1 mechanism, and E1 and Sn1 use carbocation intermediates and tertiary carbocation is fastest
 
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