I have a problem where I have to show why a certain reaction will not occur, and the reagents include NaOCH3 in CH3OH. The problem is, I don't know what those reagents do in a general situation. I've seen them used similarly to H20 in that they provide protons, but I don't see the mechanism behind it and I can't find it in my book. Could anyone get back to me and quickly explain the purpose of these two?
For context, we just learned about Robinson annulation, and the problem has to do with replacing the oxygen in a ketone with a double carbon bond through and intramolecular reaction. The reaction is given, as are the reagents. I'm guessing, GUESSING, that the reaction is trying to go through a Robinson annulation using NaOCH3 as a base. Is that the only purpose of it? Thanks y'all.