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Whats isoamyl?

  1. Apr 9, 2006 #1
    Whats isoamyl???

    Hi i have a quick question i'm supposed to show how isoamyl propanoate is fromed. I know that this is esterification and that one of the reactants is propanoic acid but i don't know what the alcohol isoamyl is? I tried searching on google and all i get is test questions:mad: Plz help
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  3. Apr 9, 2006 #2
    o wiat i think i found something, is it another name for pentanol? (C5H11)
  4. Apr 9, 2006 #3


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    n-amyl alcohol = pentan-1-ol

    iso-amyl alcohol = isopentyl alcohol, 3-methyl-1-butanol

    both are C5H12O

    http://www.chemicalland21.com/specialtychem/perchem/ISO-AMYL ALCOHOL.htm

    This might be of interest -http://www.cem.msu.edu/~reusch/VirtTxtJml/alcohol1.htm#alcnom [Broken]


    http://www.cem.msu.edu/~reusch/VirtTxtJml/alcohol2.htm#alcrx4 [Broken]
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 22, 2017 at 9:28 AM
  5. Apr 17, 2006 #4
    Are you sure it isn't 1-methyl-1-butanol, i checked the link but it doesn't seem right
  6. Apr 17, 2006 #5
    doesn't isopentyl mean that the OH group is attached to the second Carbon, so how would you get 3-methyl-1-butanol. If that is right (3-methyl-1-butanol) then would isoamyl propanoate be the same as 3-methylbutyl propanoate?
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