reactivity of alcohols (video) nov 11th 2008

chemistry - meaghersclasses show

Summary: This chemistry video podcast investigates the reactions of ethanol, 1-butanol (ie butan-1-ol), 2-butanol (ie butan-2-ol) and methyl-2-propanol (ie methylpropan-2-ol) with potassium dichromate, potassium permanganate and sodium metal. We see that tertiary alcohols are less reactive than secondary alcohols, which are less reactive than primary alcohols.