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IUPAC & GOC of Class 12


The alkyl halides have the general formula CnH2n+1 X or RX, where X denotes fluorine, chlorine bromine or iodine.

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General formula [CnH2n+1.OH], IUPAC name is alkanol.

For the simpler alcohols the common names, are most often used. These consist simply of the name of the alkyl group followed by the word alcohol. For example:

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We should notice that similar names do not always mean the same classification; for example, isopropyl alcohol is a secondary alcohol, whereas isobutyl alcohol is a primary alcohol.

Finally, there is the most versatile system, the IUPAC. The rules are:

1. Select as the parent structure the longest continuous carbon chain that contains the -OH group; then consider the compound to have been derived from this structure by replacement of hydrogen by various groups. The parent structure is known as ethanol, propanol, butanol, etc., depending upon the number of carbon atoms; each name is derived by replacing the terminal -e of the corresponding alkane name by -ol.

2. Indicate by a number the position of the -OH group in the parent chain, generally using the lowest possible number for this purpose.

3. Indicate by numbers the positions of other groups attached to the parent chain.

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Alcohols containing two hydroxyl groups are called glycols. They have both common names and IUPAC names.

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2 or 3 OH group can not present on same carbon atom, decomposes to give aldehyde/ketone or carboxylic acid respectively.


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3. ETHER (R − O − R]

Ethers are compounds in which two C atoms are connected to a single O atom. In IUPAC nomenclature, name one of the alkyl group plus the O atom (RO−) as an alkoxy and comes as a prefix to the parent hydrocarbon. (Oxygen is to be counted with least number of carbon atom)

IUPAC name of ether is alkoxy alkane

 CH3OCH(CH3)2           2 – Methoxy propane (isopropyl methlyl ether)

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1 – isopropoxy – 2 – methaoxy – cyclohexane


Functional Group  Methoxy ethane


IUPAC names the longest continuos chain including the C of – CH = O and replaces – e of the alkane name by the suffix – al i.e. alkanal. The C of CHO is number 1. For compounds with two – CHO groups, the suffix – dial is added to the alkane name. When other functional groups have naming priority, – CHO is called formyl.

Common names replace the suffix –ic (–oic or – oxylic) and the word acid of the corresponding carboxylic acids by – aldehyde. Locations of substituents on chains are designated by Greek letters e.g.

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The terminal C of a long chain is designated ω (omega)

The IUPAC names of aldehydes follow the usual pattern. The longest chain containing the –CHO group is considered the parent structure and named by replacing –e of the corresponding alkane by –al. The position of the substituent is indicated by a number, the carbonyl carbon always being considered C-1. Here, as with the carbonyl acids, the C-2 of the IUPAC name corresponds to alpha of the common name.

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Common names use the names of R or Ar as separate words, along with the word ketone. The IUPAC system replaces the –e of the name of the longest chain by the suffix –one. In molecules with functional groups such as – COOH, that have a higher naming priority, the carbonyl group is indicated by the prefix keto or oxo. Thus, CH3COCH2CH2COOH is 4-ketopentanoic acid.

The simplest aliphatic ketone has the common name acetone. For most other aliphatic ketones we name the two groups that are attached to carbonyl carbon and follow these names by the word ketone. A ketone in which the carbonyl group is attached to a benzene ring is named as phenone, all illustrated below. The positions of various groups are indicated by numbers.

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6. Carboxylic acid

(i) Common or Trivial names:

The names of lower members are derived from the Latin or Greek word that indicate the source of the particular acid.



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Red ant (Latin ant – formica)

Formic acid


Vinegral (Latin vinegar acetum)

Acetic acid

CH3 – CH2 – COOH

(Greek = Proton = first, pion = fat)

Propionic acid

(ii) Derived System:

Monocarboxylc acid may be named as alkyl derivative of acetic acid.

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(iii) IUPAC System:

Acids are named as alkanoic acids. The name is derived by replacing ‘e’ of the corresponding alkane by oic acid.

HCOOH Methanoic acid

CH3COOH Ethanoic acid

CH3CH2COOH Propanoic acid

In case of substituted acids, the longest chain including carboxyl group is selected and numbering is done from the carbon of carboxylic group.

7. Derivative of Carboxylic acid

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