Friday, August 21, 2015

Alkanols vs Alkanals

Question: Differentiate between alkanols and alkanals.

Answer: Alkanols and alkanals are both organic (carbon containing) compounds but they have different functional groups.
Alkanols contain the OH (hydroxyl) functional group.
Alkanals contain the C=O (carbonyl) functional group on a terminal (end) carbon atom of the carbon chain.
Because they have different functional groups they undergo different chemical reactions and will have different physical properties.
The physical and chemical properties of alkanols, for example, can be found at AUS-e-TUTE's page on Properties of Alkanols.

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