Advanced Alcohol Nomenclature

We’ve learned how to name simple alcohols before, but now we are moving to polyols.

Note: I am moving away from the term glycol, and using polyols instead, since the term glycol is not specific enough. 

Polyols with two hydroxyls are called diols, and polyols with three hydroxyls are called triols.

  • Always give most priority to the –OH group.

Example: Provide the correct common and IUPAC name of the following alcohol.

2m

Example: Provide the correct common and IUPAC name of the following alcohol.

1m