What type of alcohol?

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What type of alcohol?

Postby Grace_Stevenson_1A » Wed Mar 15, 2017 10:01 am

Why is number 20 a tertiary alcohol isn't it just attached to one carbon? (The carbon i outlined in purple) thank you!!!! :)))

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Re: What type of alcohol?

Postby Mannat Sukhija 1E » Wed Mar 15, 2017 10:26 am

The classification of an alcohol is based on the classification of the carbon it is covalently bonded to. For example, the carbon you outlined in purple is a tertiary carbon because it forms 3 carbon-carbon bonds. Thus the alcohol group it is bonded to is a tertiary alcohol. An alcohol group can only be bonded to one carbon, so it is that carbon that gives the classification.

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