Alcohols

Naming and properties

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primarysecondarytertiary
structureCarbon atom with the OH group is bonded to another carbon atom and two hydrogen atoms. The OH is on the end of a carbon chain.Carbon atom with the OH group is bonded to two other carbon atoms. e.g. the OH is attached somewhere on a carbon chain other than the end.Carbon atom with the OH group is bonded to three other carbon atoms.
exampleethanolpropan-2-ol (isopropyl alcohol)2-methyl-butan-2-ol
oxidationaldehydes or carboxylic acidsketones
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Alcohols are characterised by an 'OH' group attached to an alkyl (carbon chain). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcohol#Nomenclature



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