Acid-Catalyzed Dehydration of Alcohols: Reaction & Mechanism


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When an organic alcohol undergoes a dehydration reaction under acidic conditions, what functional group is formed?

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1. When cyclopentanol undergoes an acid-promoted dehydration, it loses a molecule of what?

2. What is the first mechanistic step in the acid-promoted dehydration of cyclopentanol?

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About This Quiz and Worksheet

Using this combination of a quiz and worksheet, you can test your knowledge of acid-catalyzed alcohol dehydration. Questions focus on the functional group in which alcohol undergoes dehydration under acidic conditions, as well as the final step of cyclopentanol dehydration.

Quiz and Worksheet Goals

The questions in the quiz are designed to see how much you know about the following topics:

  • What molecule cyclopentanol loses during acid-promoted dehydration
  • The first step in dehydration of cyclopentanol
  • A term for the reactive intermediate formed when the molecule is lost
  • What occurs during the final step of the reaction

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can name the term for the reactive intermediate that gets formed upon the loss of a molecule
  • Information recall - remember what you have learned about functional groups formed under acidic conditions
  • Knowledge application - use what you know to answer questions about the first mechanistic step in acid-promoted dehydration

Additional Learning

To find out more, go to the lesson titled Acid-Catalyzed Dehydration of Alcohols: Reaction & Mechanism. Using this, you can look into the additional topics mentioned below:

  • Oxygen binding to hydrogen
  • Cyclopentene
  • Visual diagrams of the steps of dehydration