Is COOH a Functional Group in its own Right?

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Delta, Δ
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Hello guys,
is COOH a functional group in its own right or is it composed of 2 functional group (i.e. an OH group and a C=O group attached together).
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It's a carboxyllic acid functional group, not two functional groups (ie a ketone & alcohol). It gives the molecule properties that the other two functional groups don't have.
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The COOH is the functional group in the carboxylic acid.
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(Original post by Sparta_Kane)
It's a carboxyllic acid functional group, not two functional groups (ie a ketone & alcohol). It gives the molecule properties that the other two functional groups don't have.
(Original post by danconway)
The COOH is the functional group in the carboxylic acid.
I see, so its a functional group in its own right?
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(Original post by Delta, Δ)
I see, so its a functional group in its own right?
Yep - definitely!

Think about it this way- if it didn't have COOH, it wouldn't be a carboxylic acid (and would thus have different properties of different homologous series(es), like alkanes, alkenes, alkanones, etc.)
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