Draw a mechanism for this reaction.
Acid Catalyzed Reaction of 1,2-Diols:
1,2-Diols will undergo acid catalyzed reaction to afford carbonyl compounds. The reaction forms a carbocation intermediate which can undergo rearrangement resulting in formation of a carbonyl compound.
Answer and Explanation:
The mechanism of the reaction is given below.
Step 1: Sulfuric acid protonates one the hydroxy groups to make it a better leaving group.
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