Ch. 4 - Alkanes and CycloalkanesSee all chapters
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Ch. 1 - A Review of General Chemistry
Ch. 2 - Molecular Representations
Ch. 3 - Acids and Bases
Ch. 4 - Alkanes and Cycloalkanes
Ch. 5 - Chirality
Ch. 6 - Thermodynamics and Kinetics
Ch. 7 - Substitution Reactions
Ch. 8 - Elimination Reactions
Ch. 9 - Alkenes and Alkynes
Ch. 10 - Addition Reactions
Ch. 11 - Radical Reactions
Ch. 12 - Alcohols, Ethers, Epoxides and Thiols
Ch. 13 - Alcohols and Carbonyl Compounds
Ch. 14 - Synthetic Techniques
Ch. 15 - Analytical Techniques: IR, NMR, Mass Spect
Ch. 16 - Conjugated Systems
Ch. 17 - Aromaticity
Ch. 18 - Reactions of Aromatics: EAS and Beyond
Ch. 19 - Aldehydes and Ketones: Nucleophilic Addition
Ch. 20 - Carboxylic Acid Derivatives: NAS
Ch. 21 - Enolate Chemistry: Reactions at the Alpha-Carbon
Ch. 22 - Condensation Chemistry
Ch. 23 - Amines
Ch. 24 - Carbohydrates
Ch. 25 - Phenols
Ch. 26 - Amino Acids, Peptides, and Proteins

Like double and triple bonds, –OH groups change the reactivity of an alkane. We will now take a deeper look at how to name these functional groups, called alcohols

Concept #1: How to name alcohols 

Alcohols are named as modifiers, meaning we add a suffix modifier to the root chain: 

Alcohols receive highest priority (even more than double and triple bonds), so try to give them the smallest number possible. Remember: Alcohol beats all! 

Naming with Multiple Modifiers

Concept #2: Old school vs. new school naming 

The biggest takeaway here is just to remember that having more than one location in front of your root name is always a mistake!

 

Place at least one of the locations within the root (or even all of them).  

Example #1: Name the following compound: 

Additional Problems
Give the IUPAC name, including stereochemistry of the compound below
Provide the correct IUPAC name for the structure given below. A) 2-Ethyl- 4-pentanol B) 4-Ethyl- 2-pentanol C) 3-Methyl- 5-pentanol D) 5-Methyl- 2-hexanol E) 4-Methyl- 2-hexanol
Draw the structure of the following molecules. Make sure your strucuture show s the stereochemistry of the alkene.  1,4,4-trimethyl-2,5-cyclohexadien-1-ol
For the following structure, give a complete systematic IUPAC name. Indicate the stereochemistry where needed.
Given an IUPAC substitutive name for each of the following molecules.
Given an IUPAC substitutive name for each of the following molecules.
Write a bond-line formula for each of the following compounds: (i) 4-Methyl-2-pentanol  
Write a bond-line formula for each of the following compounds: (l) Neopentyl alcohol  
Give systematic IUPAC names for each of the following:  
Give systematic IUPAC names for each of the following:  
Give systematic IUPAC names for each of the following:  
Draw the following molecules using bond line structures.  (E) -2,4,6-trimethylhepta-2, 4-diene       (3R,4R)-3-iodo-2,6-dimethylheptan-4-ol
Determine the IUPAC name for the structure given below. a) 1-methyl-4-ethyl-1-pentanol b) 1,4-dimethyl-1-hexanol c) 3-methyl-6-heptanol d) 5-methyl-2-heptanol
What is the proper IUPAC name for the compound given below? a) 1-tert-butyl-2-butanol b) 5,5-dimethyl-3-hexanol c) 2,2-dimethyl-4-hexanol d) 1,1,1-trimethyl-3-pentanol
Two stereoisomers of 1-bromo-4-methylcyclohexane are formed when trans-4-methylcyclohexanol reacts with hydrogen bromide. Write structural formulas of:  (a) trans-4-Methylcyclohexanol 
For each of the following structures provide the IUPAC name in the space provided below.
Provide the missing information (structure, IUPAC name, or substituents) and also indicate the stereochemistry where necessary (i.e. cis, trans)
Provide a systematic IUPAC name for the molecule below. Remember to include the absolute configuration (R/S) of all the chirality centers in the molecule.
What is the IUPAC name for this compound? a. 1-tert-butyl-2-butanol b. 5,5-dimethyl-3-hexanol c. 2,2-dimethyl-4-hexanol d. 1,1,1-trimethyl-3-pentanol
Write structural formulas for each of the following: (i) 4-Methyl-4-penten-2-ol
Give correct IUPAC names for the following compounds.
What is an IUPAC name for A) 5-methylhex-3-yn-2-ol B) 2-methylhex-3-yn-5-ol C) 3-methylhex-3-yn-2-ol D) 4-methylhex-3-yn-2-ol E) 2-methylhex-3-yn-4-ol
Write structural formulas for each of the following alcohols and alkyl halides:  (a) Cyclobutanol  
Write structural formulas for each of the following alcohols and alkyl halides:  (b) sec-Butyl alcohol 
Write structural formulas for each of the following alcohols and alkyl halides:  (c) 3-Heptanol
Write structural formulas for each of the following alcohols and alkyl halides:  (g) 1-Cyclopropylethanol 
Write structural formulas for each of the following alcohols and alkyl halides:  (h) 2-Cyclopropylethanol
Name each of the following compounds according to substitutive IUPAC nomenclature:  (b) (CH3)3CHCH2CH2CH2OH
Name each of the following compounds according to substitutive IUPAC nomenclature:  (e) CF3CH2OH
Name each of the following compounds according to substitutive IUPAC nomenclature: 
Name each of the following compounds according to substitutive IUPAC nomenclature: 
Handbooks are notorious for listing compounds according to their common names. One gives the name “sec -isoamyl alcohol” for a compound that could be called 1,2-dimethylpropyl alcohol according to the IUPAC functional class rules. The best name for this compound is the substitutive IUPAC name. What is it? 
Each of the following is a functional class name developed according to the 1993 and 2004 IUPAC recommendations. Alkyl group names of this type are derived by naming the longest continuous chain that includes the point of attachment, numbering in the direction so as to give the substituted carbon the lower number. The -e ending of the corresponding alkane is replaced by - yl, which is preceded by the number corresponding to the substitued carbon bracketed by hyphens. Write a structural formula for each alkyl halide.  (c) 3,3-Dimethylcyclopentan-1-yl alcohol 
A hydroxyl group is a somewhat “smaller” substituent on a six-membered ring than is a methyl group. That is, the preference of a hydroxyl group for the equatorial orientation is less pronounced than that of a methyl group. Given this information, write structural formulas for all the isomeric methylcyclohexanols, showing each one in its most stable conformation. Give the substitutive IUPAC name for each isomer. 
Give the proper IUPAC name for the structure below. Designate stereochemistry, if necessary. 
(b) Mandelonitrile may be obtained from peach flowers. Derive its structure from the template in part (a) given that X is hydrogen, Y is the functional group that characterizes alcohols, and Z characterizes nitriles. 
Some of the most important organic compounds in biochemistry are the α-amino acids, represented by the general formula shown. Write structural formulas for the following α-amino acids.  (e) Serine (R = XCH2 , where X is the functional group that characterizes alcohols)  
Determine the IUPAC name for the structure given below. a) 1-(4-methylcyclohexyl)propan-1-ol b) 3-methyl-7-nonanol c) 7-methylnonan-3-ol d) 7-methylheptan-3-ol
Provide a structural formula for the compound below. Be sure to identify stereoisomers properly.tert-butyloxonium ion 
What is the IUPAC name for the compound shown below? 
What is the IUPAC name for the compound shown below?
Spell out the full name of the compound.
What is the IUPAC name for the compound shown below?
Select the correct name for the following compound, including the correct (E) or (Z) designation where appropriate. 3-ethyl-3-methyl-4-hexyn-1-ol 4-ethyl-4-methyl-2-hexyn-6-ol (E)-3-ethyl-3-methyl-4-hexyn-1-ol (Z)-3-ethyl- 3-methyl-2-hexyn-1 -ol
 What is the lUPAC name for the compound shown below? 
What is the IUPAC name for the compound shown below? 
Give the IUPAC name for CH3CH2C≡CCH(OH)CH3.
What is the name of this molecule?
What is the correct IUPAC name for the following compound? 
Draw the structure of 4-methyl-1-heptanol. Then draw and name the product that you would expect to be produced by oxidizing 4-methyl-1-heptanol once. Structure of 4-methyl-1-heptanol: 
What is the IUPAC name for the compound shown below? 
Select the correct IUPAC name for the following cycloalkane: a. 1-methylcyclohexanol b. 1-methylcyclohexane c. 1-methylcycloheptanol d. methylcyclohexanol
Spell out the full name of the compound.
Select the correct IUPAC name for the following branched alcohol. a. 4-ethyl-2-(2-methylpropyl)-3-hexanol b. 3-ethyl-5-(2-methylpropyl)-4-hexanol c. 6-ethyl-2, 4-dimethyl-5-octanol d. 3-ethyl-5, 7-dimethyl-4-octanol
What is the IUPAC name for the compound shown below? 
Assign the IUPAC name to the following structure.  
What is the IUPAC name for the compound shown below? 
What is the IUPAC name for the compound shown below?  
What is the IUPAC name for this compound?  
Provide an IUPAC name for the structure shown. 
Provide an IUPAC name of structure shown.  
Provide an IUPAC name for the structure shown.
Select the correct IUPAC name for the following branched alcohol. 7-butyl-3-ethyl-5-methyl-9-decanol 3-butyl-7-ethyl-1,5-dimethyl-2-nonanol 7-methyl-9-ethyl-5-(2-hydroxypropyl)undecane 4-butyl-8-ethyl-6-methyl-2-decanol
Select the correct IUPAC name for the following cycloalkane: (a) 1 -dibromocyclopropan-2-ol (b) 1, 1-dibromocyclopropan-2-ol (c) 2, 2-dibromocyclopropanol (d) dibromocyclopropanol
Provide an acceptable name for the compound below. Spell out the full name of the compound. 
Select the correct IUPAC name for the following branched alcohol. (a) 3-ethyl-5,7-dimethyl-4-octanol (b) 3-ethyl-5-(2-methylpropyl)-4-hexanol (c) 6-ethyl-2,4-dimethyl-5-octanol (d) 4-ethyl-2-(2-methylpropyl)-3-hexanol
What is the proper systematic name for the following compound? \(i) 4-ethyl-6-propyl-7-heptanol(ii) 4-ethyl-2-propyl-1-heptanol(iii) 4,6-diethyl-7-heptanol(iv) 3,5-diethyl-6-hexanol(v) 2,4-diethyl-1-heptanol(vi) 5-(1-hydroxymethyl)-3-propyloctane
Provide the IUPAC name for the following compound. Spell out the full name of the compound. 
What is the IUPAC name of the following compound?
What is the IUPAC name of the following compound? 
Provide an acceptable name for the compound below. 
Provide an acceptable name for the compound below. Spell out the full name of the compound. 
Write the chemical formula for this molecule:
What is the IUPAC name for the compound shown below? 
Select the correct name for the following compound, including the correct (E) or (Z) designation where appropriate. (E) 5-ethyl-4-hexen-1-ol(E) 5-methyl-4-hepten-1-ol (Z)-2-ethyl-2-hexen-1-ol (Z) 5-methyl-4-hepten-1-ol
Part B Give the IUPAC name for the following compound. Spell out the full name of the compound. Part C Give the IUPAC name for the following compound. Spell out the full name of the compound. Part D Give the IUPAC name for the following compound. Spell out the full name of the compound.