Problem: Identify each property as that of alcohols, ethers, or both.can hydrogen-bond with each othersoluble in waterhave flammable vaporscontain oxygenboiling point much higher than alkanesboiling point dose to that of alkanescan hydrogen-bond with water

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We are asked to identify each property as that of alcohols, ethers, or both.


Alcohol → R-OH → Polar/H-bonding

Ether → R-O-R → Polar


Recall some basic information:  

  • like dissolves like
  • water is polar/H-bonding
  • Alkanes are non-polar
  • ↑ IMFA → ↑ boiling point


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Problem Details

Identify each property as that of alcohols, ethers, or both.


can hydrogen-bond with each other

soluble in water

have flammable vapors

contain oxygen

boiling point much higher than alkanes

boiling point dose to that of alkanes

can hydrogen-bond with water