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Functional groups in this compound

  1. Jul 2, 2016 #1

    TT0

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    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
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    3. The attempt at a solution
    I counted 4 functional groups. I got:
    -Carboxylic acid
    -Ketone
    -Alcohol
    -Ether
    However, this combination is not available. I was wondering if phenol is a functional group as C seems the most likely option. I thought phenyl is a functional group and phenol isn't.

    Thanks!
     
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  3. Jul 2, 2016 #2

    Borek

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    What is phenol?
     
  4. Jul 2, 2016 #3

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    Phenol is a benzene with a alcohol functional group attached to it, right? The compound above has the structure of phenol plus more. I am not too sure if you would still call it a phenol as it has more than what I know as phenol. I think phenol is a compound and not a functional group but they included it as an option so I am a bit confused.

    Thanks!
     
  5. Jul 2, 2016 #4

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    Any -OH group attached to the benzene ring is considered "phenolic" (and has rather specific properties, different from an alcohol).
     
  6. Jul 2, 2016 #5

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    I see, so would you say C is the answer despite not having ether as one of the functional groups listed?
     
  7. Jul 2, 2016 #6

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    It is not about "which list is complete" but "which list contains only correct answers".
     
  8. Jul 2, 2016 #7

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    I see, thanks!
     
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