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Alcohols

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Alcohols are of tremendous use for the synthesis of a wide variety of organic compounds. They also have some very unique properties. Alcohols are in fact slightly weaker acids than water, and have pKa values between 16 and 18.

An alcohol can loose its acidic hydrogen to form an alkoxide ion.

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Which of the following can be used to make propanol directly by oxidation?

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Ans. D The question asks for a compound which can be directly converted to propanol by oxidation. If an aldehyde is oxidized, it is converted to a carboxylic acid. Oxidation of compounds in Choices B and C cannot produce an alcohol directly by oxidation.

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