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Identifying a tertiary alcohol

  1. Nov 9, 2006 #1
    Suppose you are given 3 alcohols primary secondary and tertiary. I have to design an experiment that can be carried out with commonly available materials and equipment that would identify the tertiary alcohol.

    I dont know what to do, can someone please help me out?
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  3. Nov 9, 2006 #2
    what do you know about their reactions with oxidising agents and sodium?
  4. Nov 15, 2006 #3
    not very much I know that a tertiary alcohol can not be oxidized into an aldehyde or ketone.
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