Is there a difference between 2methylpropanol and 2methylpropan-1-ol?

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Im marking a past paper and the mark scheme says the skeletal formula is 2-methylpropan-1-ol but i didnt put the one. Is it needed and is there a difference between them?

Posted Wed 2nd January, 2013 @ 11:39 by Sarah

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If you don't put the 1 in you don't know where the -OH bond is, which is quite important because if you don't it could be on the first or second carbon. 2-methylpropan-1-ol is more specific.
Hope that helped :)

Answered Wed 2nd January, 2013 @ 12:47 by Molly
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Thanks for helping. Understand it much more clearly now :)

Answered Wed 2nd January, 2013 @ 13:43 by Sarah
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so long as your oh group is on one of the end carbons of the molecule it is correct

Answered Tue 29th January, 2013 @ 14:24 by Chloe Thorn
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You only put in the number when the functional group is relevant in the naming of the compound.

Answered Wed 2nd January, 2013 @ 19:44 by Sakshat