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Which carboxylic acid has the lower pKa, pyruvic acid (CH3COCO2H) or acetoacetic acid (CH3COCH2CO2H)? Explain your choice.

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The acidity of a compound depends on the stability of the conjugate base. In pyruvic acid, adjacent electrophilic carbonyl group stabilizes the ne...

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