Organic Chemistry #2

So, now that we know how to interpret shortened dot structures. I think I shall go into a bit of the functional groups.

A functional group is a group of atoms/bonds that possess a predictable chemical behaviour.

I will cover some of the most common functional groups that I know. If I've missed any, feel free to comment those.

First of all, I will put them into three categories.

1. Carbon with multiple bonds.

We call this an alkene alkene alkene. Usually those R groups will be just a few hydrogens and carbons. But it can be anything...

We call this an alkyne alkyne alkyne. Also, keep in mind that carbons can only have four bonds. Well actually they could have more but that's a different topic altogether.

Lastly, we have this called an aromatic ring or arene aromatic ring or arene aromatic ring or arene, even though you may think it is an alkene, it is not.

2. Carbons bonded to electronegative atoms.

Firstly, there is carbon/carbon groups/R groups bonded to a nitrogen atom. We call this amine amine amine, and amine due to the presence of nitrogen.

Second of all, R groups bonded to an oxygen which is bonded to a hydrogen \rightarrow a hydroxide group. This is called an alcohol alcohol alcohol.

Now, if the oxygen is bonded to some R group, it is called an ether ether ether.

Alright, how about I replace the oxygen in the alcohol with sulfur? Sulfur is on the same group as oxygen. So I can do that. We call this a thiol thiol thiol.

Of course, now I can replace the oxygen in the ether with sulfur as well. This is called a sulfide sulfide sulfide, or a sulfide group.

Now, let's have an R group bonded with a halogen (Side note: halogens are the elements on group 17). This kind of compound is called an alkyl halide alkyl halide alkyl halide.

3. Carbon double bond with oxygen.

This is generally called the carbonyl group carbonyl group carbonyl group.

Firstly, if I have a carbon bonded* with a R group and a hydrogen and double bonded with an oxygen. This is called an aldehyde aldehyde aldehyde. The word aldehyde comes from alcohol dehydrogenatum meaning, alcohol deprived of hydrogen.

Now, let's replace the hydrogen from the aldehyde to a R group. We get what is known as a ketone ketone ketone.

So, let's keep going. Let us now replace the R group with a nitrogen attached straight to it. This is labelled as an amide amide group amide group.

Main difference between amine and amide is that amide is right next to a carbonyl group, if there wasn't that carbonyl group then, it would be an amine.

Hmm, I'm running out of ideas... Let's replace the nitrogen with a hydroxide group. We get... a carboxylic acid carboxylic acid carboxylic acid.

Now a R group without the hydrogen is called an ester ester ester.

Right, now let's replace the R group with another carbonyl group. This is labelled as an anhydride anhydride anhydride.

I know this is getting boring now, but bare with me.

Finally!! Let's put a halogen next to a carbonyl!!

And we get an acyl halide acyl halide acyl halide.

There are more but these, in my mind are some of the most common types.

Haha, hopefully, that was useful. ^^ A bit long, I guess. :P

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You know the the note about the aromatic ring? It doesn't actually have double bonds, people used to think that but recently its been discovered that it actually doesn't contain any double bonds but only single bonds.

The fourth electron in each carbon form another ring made out of electrons (it can be called a ring of delocalised electrons because the electrons can still move within the ring) this make the structure very stable and unreactive. Another name for that molecule is benzene.

Victor Song - 7 years ago

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Delocalisation of electrons hasn't been introduced yet, so I think it is fair to say it is a double bond for now.
In fact, you said it consists of single bonds only. That is definitely not true. It is mix of double and single bonds that is present in the ring. Well, that's for some other day to discuss.

Anish Puthuraya - 7 years ago

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Well, I haven't really gone into resonance structures or anything i.e to give a bit of context on that. I'm sorry. ^^

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Nice. In Future notes, I'd like to have IUPAC naming and some questions. Thanks a lot.

Priyansh Sangule - 7 years ago

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I shall do my best. :-0

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Superb post

Anish Puthuraya - 7 years ago

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Thank you. ^^

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This is a very useful note! Hope to get some related problems from you.

And, may I ask for your permission to include this note and the previous one into the Chemistry Topics?

Christopher Boo - 7 years ago

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Yes, of course. ^^ Feel free to include any of my chemistry notes there. =)

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Christopher Boo - 7 years ago

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@Christopher Boo My pleasure! ^^

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Interesting stuff really!!! Also can you post some iit problems on alcohols , phenols ,ethers and carbonyl group?

Nishant Mantripragada - 6 years, 8 months ago

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Hey can you do one for NMR if possible? Thanks

nasib abdul - 6 years ago

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