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How does the synthesizing of one compound using 2 compounds work?

Question asked by Cole Graeber on Sep 13, 2020

I am very interested in chemistry as a profession so I have been giving myself thought experiments. I have a compound that is chemically similar to another compound. How would you go about combining compounds to achieve the end result. I know there is more to it then just mix them, below are the compounds in question written out as best I can.

 

C9H17NO2 --> C8H4O2 = C17H21NO4

Gabapentin --> 1,2-Pentalenedione = Cocaine

From my admitted lack of knowledge to me this would seem possible, can you please enlighten me on the factors I am missing.

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