can you form an ester by reacting a secondary and tertiary alchol with a carboxylic acid or is it only limited to a primary alcohol?

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pls reply this is urgent!!

Posted Sun 22nd May, 2011 @ 16:26 by smileyface

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Yep, all alcohols can forms esters with a reaction with Carboxylic acid

Answered Sun 22nd May, 2011 @ 16:44 by Alex
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thanks, by any chance do u know how to draw the skeletal structure for this? when it is a secondary or tertiary structure, just cant seem to understand how to do it

Answered Sun 22nd May, 2011 @ 18:06 by smileyface
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yes. all alcohols can form esters w/ carboxylic acids. I think that u mixed it up with the oxidation of alcohols. primary alcohols can be oxidized into aldehydes then to carboxylic acids. secondary alcohols can only be oxidized into ketones while tertiary alcohols do not undergo any oxidation.

instead of drawing the skeletal structure in a line, just try to twist the carbon bond so that the -OH group is on the side. i find it easier to understand esterification in this way.

hope this can help u. :)

Answered Tue 24th May, 2011 @ 08:10 by saraht