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    Hi,

    I'm ok with the more simple equations but I'm struggling to understand how the position of the 'OH' group on the alcohol effects the name of the ester. E.g. How do you know what ester is produced when Ethanoic acid reacts with propan-2-ol? And vice versa how can you work out which alcohol produced a named ester?

    Any explanations or tips would be really appreciated. Thank you
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    The oxygen on the alcohol is the carboxy oxygen on the ester once produced (i.e the one that isn't the carbonyl oxygen)
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    (Original post by VioletPhillippo)
    Hi,

    I'm ok with the more simple equations but I'm struggling to understand how the position of the 'OH' group on the alcohol effects the name of the ester. E.g. How do you know what ester is produced when Ethanoic acid reacts with propan-2-ol? And vice versa how can you work out which alcohol produced a named ester?

    Any explanations or tips would be really appreciated. Thank you





    Consider these two molecules. The first one is methylethyl ethanoate. This is formed from the reaction between propan-2-ol and ethanoic acid. The second molecule is propyl ethanoate, formed from the reaction between propan-1-ol and ethanoic acid. The part of the molecule that contains the carbonyl group (C=O) takes priority (methanoate, ethanoate, propanoate, etc) while the other part of the molecule forms the prefix of the molecule (methyl, ethyl, propyl, etc).
 
 
 
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