WM 13.7 Aldehydes and Ketones

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  • Created on: 29-08-14 09:37

They are all carbonyl compounds containing the carbonyl group c=o


  • Formula: RCHO

Physical properties:

  • Colourless liquids
  • Pungent smell
  • Toxic
  • Low melting and boiling points
  • Soluble in water (solunility decreases as it gets bigger)

Chemical properties:

  • Redox reactions
    • Very easily oxidised 
    • Will reduce
      • Fehling's 
      • Benedicts
  • Reduction back to parent alcohol 
    • Reducing agent is NaBH4


  • Formula…


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