And I could definitely accept that reasoning if it weren't for the fact that isopentyl acetate, and isopentyl acetate alone, smells distinctly like bananas, which my reaction container did, big time.
The text had us collecting distillate from 136 - 143 Celsius. However, before we began our distillations, the TA's told us that we were to begin collecting distillate at 120 Celsius onward because if we waited until 136 celsius, there would be nothing left for us to collect. I can't really put together what exactly was in my distilled product mixture based on the information I have. I know I have product, due to the smell, but there also have to be a plethora of impurities in there as well. The boiling point range for the distillate was also so tight, yet the whole crude product mixture boiled off as one.
Thanks for the help, at least I know it's not my algebra =P