Practice Final 2015 9b Alcohol vs Hydroxyl

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Erick_Hernandez_3L
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Practice Final 2015 9b Alcohol vs Hydroxyl

Postby Erick_Hernandez_3L » Thu Mar 16, 2017 11:25 pm

If we were to be given the molecule instead of the IUPAC name, how would we differentiate between using the hydroxyl components of naming vs the alcohol components. (-ol vs hydroxy).

Karan Ishii 3E
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Re: Practice Final 2015 9b Alcohol vs Hydroxyl

Postby Karan Ishii 3E » Fri Mar 17, 2017 12:39 am

Hydroxyl components are not part of organic molecules. OH acts differently depending on what it is attached to.
For example, compare KOH with H3COH.
They both have OH but in KOH OH is a bonded ionically to an alkali metal.

CH3COOH acts as a base but is an organic molecule so uses the alcohol name.


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