Testing for functional groups
The chemistry for carbon is vast; there are in excess of ten million known carbon compounds. It is estimated that 300000 new carbon compounds are discovered each year. Organic molecules contain functional groups that are responsible for their chemical properties. Functional groups will react with certain regents in predictable ways, making it possible to develop diagnostic reactions to test for their presence in an organic molecule. Common functional groups found in organic molecules are listed below: * Alkene
* Primary alcohol
* Tertiary alcohol
* Carboxylic acid
* Halogen alkane
In organic chemistry, an alkene is an unsaturated chemical compound. This means it contains a carbon – carbon bond. All alkenes are hydrocarbons, (a molecule made of carbon and hydrogen atoms), and can only form one double bond which must be involved within its structure. The arrangement of atoms around the carbon – carbon bond is known as a planner. Alkenes contain three sp2 orbitals which repel each other into a planar arrangement, the 2p orbital then lies at right angles to them.
Covalent bonds are formed by the overlap of the orbitals. An sp2 orbital from each carbon, overlaps to form a single carbon-carbon bond. The resulting bond is called a sigma (σ) bond.
The two 2p orbitals also overlap to form a second bond. This bond is known as a PI (π) bond. s orbitals in hydrogen then overlap with the sp2 orbitals in carbon to form C-H bonds. .
The general formula for an alkene is CnH2n. It is possible to test for the presence of an alkene with the use of bromine water. When an alkene is mixed with bromine water, the alkene will de-colourise the bromine water.
Alcohols are compounds in which one or more hydrogen atoms in an alkane have been replaced by an –OH group. For example: Ethanol - CH3 – CH2 – OH
The class of the alcohol depends on...
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