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  1. I would cut the lithium up into bits using a stanley knife, drop carefully into ethanol (goggles) Add nitric or hydrochoric acid to neutral pH, and evapourate. Recrystallise if necessary.
  2. Benzyl grignard + cyclopentanone, work uo to give tertiary alcohol, treat with sulphuric acid to give alkene, treat with MCBPA to give epoxide
  3. Well you can determine the electrostatic attraction/repulsion part of the lattice energy due to point charges (this involves a constant called the Madelung constant), though not the repulsion due to overlapping electron clouds. The solvation energy is largely a function of the polarising power of the ions, which is determined by charge density. There are also obviously entropy considerations
  4. Organic chemistry is largely slog. If you learn the basics well then you will do very well, if you don't come to terms with the basics you will do badly. It does not suffer the conceptual difficulties that say theoretical chemistry has.
  5. Well aqua regia will certainly work, but I expect it is a "sledge hammer to crack a nut" approach. The NO3- is non coordinating and nitrate salts are often far more soluble than chlorides, so it may be less of a problem than first appears. I suspect the oxidation is a kinetic problem rather than a thermodynamic problem, but tbh NiCl26H2O is so cheap I would just buy a little bit!
  6. Well, acetyl chloride could be used, but I expect you don't have that either. Also as this is a typical A level prep and your knowledge of chemistry seems limited, the use of acetyl chloride is far more risky than acetic anhydride The problem with this prep is that the phenolic oxygen lone pair is not very nucleophilic so the usual ester prep from the alcohol and carboxylic acid will not work.
  7. Its a d9 (essentially square planer complex), its crystal field stabilisation energy will be lowish and it will therefore be substitutionally labile. In dilute concentation I would expect it to return to the hexaaqua complex
  8. Treating Co2(CO)8 with OH- in thf gives Co(CO)4- anion which can be protonated to give HCo(CO)4, which I believe is relatively unstable. Don't protonate it in thf though you'll polymerise the solvent. Co(CO)3H is a 16e transient species, which is probably in eqm with the 18e HCo(CO)4. Cobalt carbonyls are notoriously labile
  9. I would look to see if there are any chiral 3,4 dihydroxy amphetamine like natural products available and then you won't have to resolve but can build the methylene five membered ring in after By the way, I expect this post will get some attention from the moderators - for my penny's worth, you look too credible to be doing something dodgy!
  10. I should just wash it out with some dilute HCl and then water. Dry the DCM with a basic drying agent after
  11. It is really the solubility of the base (NaOH, but it would be better to use a stronger one) which thf will increase. Thf is a coordinating solvent and will bind to Na+/K+.It is also not an electrophile and so will not undergo substitution reactions which CH2Cl2 can. I think bearing in mind you must use a stoichiometric amount of base, I would simply use a standard procedure, which presumably you can look up. A long shot here - you aren't doing this for Mike Turner at Manchester are you?
  12. Thf is quite a good solvent for these sort of things. You only have to get a little bit in solution anyway. I think the important point here is the need for a stoichiometric amount of base which UC pointed out and I (ashamedly) missed.
  13. Use a stronger base or a solvent in which NaOH is more soluble - thf for instance. Afterwards how about adding a mild oxidant and washing the carboxylic acid out with base
  14. Factors which affect the change in valency include. 1) Successive ionisation energies 2) Lattice energies 3) strength of covalent ligand to metal bonds 4) whether ligands pi donate, or pi accept 5) crystal field stabilisation energy particularly low spin/high spin changes 6) solvation energies 7) etc etc etc
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