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Alcohol Alkylation: Definition, Reaction & Mechanism

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In the Williamson ether synthesis, a reaction that alkylates alcohols, a reagent called sodium hydride is needed. What role does the sodium hydride play in the reaction?

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1. When a chemical reaction occurs in which the bond-making and bond-breaking events happen all at the same time, this type of reaction is said to be _____.

2. What important reaction has to happen in the first step of an alcohol alkylation mechanism?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Gauge your knowledge of alcohol alkylation with this short quiz and worksheet. For example, you should be able to review an image and identify an ether defined as an alcohol that's been alkylated.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be tested on the following:

  • The role sodium hydride plays in a reaction that alkylates alcohols
  • When bond-making and bond-breaking events happen simultaneously
  • An important reaction in the first step of an alcohol alkylation mechanism
  • The Williamson ether synthesis
  • A compound that represents an alcohol that's been alkylated

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about the primary method in which alcohols are alkylated and interpret it correctly
  • Making connections - use what you've learned to make connections between bond-making and bond-breaking events
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about the first step of an alcohol alkylation mechanism

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, check out the lesson titled Alcohol Alkylation: Definition, Reaction & Mechanism. Below are a few examples of what's covered in this lesson:

  • The definition of alcohol alkylation
  • How an isopropyl group is classified
  • An example of an alcohol alkylation
  • A reaction called 'alkoxide ion'
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