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ethyl methyl ether IUPAC

Posted: Fri Mar 11, 2016 1:41 am
by Henry2E
Why is the IUPAC name methoxyethane? Why don't we consider the alphabetical priority of ethane?

Re: ethyl methyl ether IUPAC

Posted: Fri Mar 11, 2016 1:53 am
by Aneel Ramirez 1A
It is named this way because when naming ethers the shorter of the two chains becomes the first part of the name with the "-ane" suffix of the alkane changed to -oxy, and the name of the longer alkane chain forms the suffix of the name of the ether.