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Quick organic chem question\

  1. May 22, 2005 #1
    What is an "organic functional group" ?
    What relation does it have towards pH ?
     
  2. jcsd
  3. May 23, 2005 #2
    a functional group is something that "hang off" of a molecule, and can potentially react with something. examples would include: hydroxyl, halogens, carboxylic acids, amines, sulfhydrl, etc.

    a functional group can affect the pH if it can dissociate a proton, or accept a proton. carboxylic acids would be a prime example.
     
  4. May 27, 2005 #3
    yeah usually if you open any good organic chemistry book they have the func. groups on the back of the front cover. Have a look at Organic chemistry (6th ed) by Wade, behind the front cover and the first chapter. Mcmurry is also a good reference but it may be difficult to study with.
     
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