In lab, we used cyclohexanol with H3PO4 as a catalyst to prepare cyclohexene. My question is why does the equilibrium strongly favor the reverse reaction, hydration of the alkene? Does it have to do with a double bond which is less stable? Also, would you expect the rate of the acid catalyzed dehydration of 1-methylcyclohexanol to be slower, faster or about the same as for cyclohexanol? I think the answer is slower but I am not sure I understand why. Thank you!
Edit: edited title for better indexing. Mitch