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Types of alcohols

Posted: Sun Mar 06, 2016 1:46 pm
by Katie Clark 3B
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?

Re: Types of alcohols

Posted: Sun Mar 06, 2016 2:51 pm
by Cristian Yanes 1L
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,

Cristian