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Discussion in 'MCAT Study Question Q&A' started by Sammy1024, May 15, 2014.

  1. Sammy1024

    Sammy1024

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    Just wanted to make sure I have it right:

    1° vs 2° is for oxygen's when you look at the status of the Carbon is it attached to?

    OH - C - (CH3)2 means it is 3°?

    1° vs 2° for nitrogen is when you look at how many carbons the N is attached to?
     
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  3. Teleologist

    Teleologist 2+ Year Member

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    on your 6
    No and no. Your example alcohol is secondary. For amines think about how many hydrogens on ammonia are substituted.
     
  4. Sammy1024

    Sammy1024

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    So the idea behind O is right but my example was wrong. I was deciding between writing an H or making the 2 a 3 but forgot. Dumb.

    And then N is based off H's only so even it it was NH2 with a carbon somewhere it is still secondary?
     
  5. Teleologist

    Teleologist 2+ Year Member

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    on your 6
    I meant no to everything. An alcohol is classified as primary, secondary, etc. based on how many carbons the C-O-H group is attached to through the carbon.
     
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  6. Teleologist

    Teleologist 2+ Year Member

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    on your 6
    That would be a primary amine.
     

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