Ch. 12 - Alcohols, Ethers, Epoxides and ThiolsSee 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

Ethers are one of the few functional groups that are more often named with common names vs. IUPAC names. Regardless, we’ll learn how to use both naming systems.

Common Name

List both alkyl groups in alphabetical order and follow with the word ether. 

Concept #1: How to name ethers using the common naming system.

IUPAC Name

Give the longest carbon chain the root name, then name the smaller chain as an alkoxy substituent.  

Concept #2: How to name ethers using the IUPAC naming system.

Example #1: Provide the correct common name of the following ether.

Example #2: Provide the correct IUPAC name of the following ether.

Additional Problems
Name the following compound using IUPAC nomenclature rules.
Provide the IUPAC name of the following ether.
Provide the IUPAC name of the following ether.
Spell out the full name of the compound.
Which of the following is the correct formula for 1-ethoxypropane? Select one:a. CH3CH2OCH2CH3 b. CH3CH2CH2CH2OCH3 c. CH3CH2CH2OCH2CH2CH3d. CH3CH2CH2OCH2CH3 e. CH3CHCH2OCH3 
Name each of the following ethers.
Select the IUPAC name for the following ether. ethyl 2-methylpropyl ether 2-methylpropoxyethane 1-ethoxyisobutane 1 -ethoxy-2-methylpropane
Identify the correct common name for CH3CH2-O-CH2CH3.Select one:a. diethyl etherb. 2,2-dioxyethanec. isobutyl etherd. No correct response is providede. ethyl ethane ether  
Spell out the full name of the compound. 
What is the IUPAC name for the compound shown here? 
Provide the correct IUPAC name for the below molecule. Be careful to include all dashes and commas in the correct locations.
Draw a structural diagram for the S configuration of the following compound. Use the wedge/hash bond tools to indicate stereochemistry. 
What is the common name of the following compound? 
Draw a structural diagram for isopropyl methyl ether.• You do not have to consider stereochemistry.• You do not have to explicitly draw H atoms.
Draw a structural diagram for diethyl ether. • You do not have to consider stereochemistry. • You do not have to explicitly draw H atoms.
Provide the correct IUPAC name for the below molecule. Be careful to include all dashes and commas in the correct locations.
What is the common name of the ether that has the following structure?
Draw the structure for 4-ethoxyheptane.
Provide the correct IUPAC name for the below molecule. Be careful to include all dashes and commas in the correct locations.
Provide the most correct IUPAC name for the below molecule. Be careful to include all dashes and commas in the correct locations.
What is the common name of the following compound? 
What is the common name of the following compound?  
What is the common name for the compound shown here? Enter the common name of the compound shown