CH3CH2C(OH)(CN)CH3 ---> CH3CH2C(OH)(COOH)CH3
How can this reaction be counted as an acidic or base hydrolysis? This is from a past year IAL Unit 4 paper and the MS said this method of conversion can be both acidic and base hydrolysis.
Now I'm actually confused on what does "hydrolysis" even mean, please help me out.
Hydrolysis is the breaking of covalent bonds due to the attraction between water and atoms of the molecule right?
So am I right to say the N- of the CN is attracted to H+ of H2O? And then the OH- of water is attracted to C+ of CN and form COOH?
If yes, then my next question is where did the additional O from the COOH came from? If my explanation is right won't it be something like COH? (which is unlikely as C can form 4 bonds)
Please help me out, thank you very much.