Types of alcohols

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Katie Clark 3B
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Types of alcohols

Postby Katie Clark 3B » Sun Mar 06, 2016 1:46 pm

In problem 20 of chapter 2 in the organic chemistry textbook, they ask to draw 2-methyl-2-butanol and then name what type of alcohol it is. The answer given is tertiary alcohol? How do you know it is tertiary? How can you tell?

Cristian Yanes 1L
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Re: Types of alcohols

Postby Cristian Yanes 1L » Sun Mar 06, 2016 2:51 pm

Hi Katie,

In a tertiary alcohol, the carbon attached to the hydroxy group (-OH) is attached to 3 other carbons for its 3 other bonds, which in the case of 2-methyl-2-butanol, it is!

Hope I helped,


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