Ch.20 - Organic ChemistrySee all chapters
All Chapters
Ch.1 - Intro to General Chemistry
Ch.2 - Atoms & Elements
Ch.3 - Chemical Reactions
BONUS: Lab Techniques and Procedures
BONUS: Mathematical Operations and Functions
Ch.4 - Chemical Quantities & Aqueous Reactions
Ch.5 - Gases
Ch.6 - Thermochemistry
Ch.7 - Quantum Mechanics
Ch.8 - Periodic Properties of the Elements
Ch.9 - Bonding & Molecular Structure
Ch.10 - Molecular Shapes & Valence Bond Theory
Ch.11 - Liquids, Solids & Intermolecular Forces
Ch.12 - Solutions
Ch.13 - Chemical Kinetics
Ch.14 - Chemical Equilibrium
Ch.15 - Acid and Base Equilibrium
Ch.16 - Aqueous Equilibrium
Ch. 17 - Chemical Thermodynamics
Ch.18 - Electrochemistry
Ch.19 - Nuclear Chemistry
Ch.20 - Organic Chemistry
Ch.22 - Chemistry of the Nonmetals
Ch.23 - Transition Metals and Coordination Compounds

Alcohol Reactions

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As a result of the presence of their highly polarized hydroxyl (OH) group, alcohols can be involved in many organic reactions.

Types of Alcohol Reactions

Concept #1: Understanding Alcohol Reactions

In Substitution Reactions we react an alcohol with either HCl or HBr to change the OH group into a halogen. 

In Elimination Reactions we react an alcohol with concentrated H2SO4 or H3PO4 to create an alkene. 

In Oxidation Reactions an alcohol reacts with an oxidizing agent and is transformed into carboxylic acid or a ketone