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    Can we conider CH3C(OH)2CH3 a tertiary alcohol, or simply a primary alcohol since we have only one functional group preceding -OH?

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    (Original post by SWEngineer)
    Can we conider CH3C(OH)2CH3 a tertiary alcohol, or simply a primary alcohol since we have only one functional group preceding -OH?

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    it's neither. It's a diol.

    A primary alcohol only has one carbon connected to the carbon bearing the OH group.

    A secondary alcohol has two carbons connected to the carbon bearing the OH group.

    A tertiary alcohol has three carbons connected to the carbon bearing the OH group.
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    (Original post by Plato's Trousers)
    it's neither. It's a diol.

    A primary alcohol only has one carbon connected to the carbon bearing the OH group.

    A secondary alcohol has two carbons connected to the carbon bearing the OH group.

    A tertiary alcohol has three carbons connected to the carbon bearing the OH group.
    What do you mean here by it is a diol? So, it is not of any type?

    So, has the C be connected to the C connected to OH to be consudered of any type? In other words, the C connected to OH has to have branches containg carbon (i.e; alkyl)?

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    (Original post by SWEngineer)
    What do you mean here by it is a diol? So, it is not of any type?

    So, has the C be connected to the C connected to OH to be consudered of any type? In other words, the C connected to OH has to have branches containg carbon (i.e; alkyl)?

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    di = 2
    ol = alcohol groups

    diol = two alcohol groups

    To be specific it is a geminal diol (both OH groups on the same carbon atom)
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    di = 2
    ol = alcohol groups

    diol = two alcohol groups

    To be specific it is a geminal diol (both OH groups on the same carbon atom)
    I see. Thanks.
 
 
 
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