Aldehydes & Ketones: Reaction Mechanisms


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What is the difference between an aldehyde and a ketone?

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1. What would you react with the following aldehyde to form a carboxylic acid but not react with the alcohol?

2. What do ketone's form when they are oxidized using Fehling's reagent?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

While the structures of similar chemicals may seem the same, small differences in the structures can make for vastly different reactions. This quiz will have you consider such differences as you prove what you know about aldehydes and ketones. Questions on the quiz will ask you for the differences between these two structures, and you will also be asked to apply what you know about these structures to determine possible reactions.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Practice with these evaluation tools to figure out how much you recall about:

  • The key difference between aldehydes and ketones
  • Creating carboxylic acid
  • Oxidizing ketones using Fehling's reagent
  • Forming a secondary alcohol by reducing lithium aluminum hydride
  • First mechanism step to turn an aldehyde into cyanohydrin

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet can help you develop the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related reaction mechanisms lesson
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as aldehydes and ketones
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about mechanism steps and transforming chemical structures

Additional Learning

Uncover more facts about this topic with the connected lesson, Aldehydes & Ketones: Reaction Mechanisms. Double-check the answers to the quiz questions, then peruse the following info:

  • Similarities between aldehydes and ketones
  • Using Benedict's solution to distinguish aldehydes from ketones
  • The formation of primary and secondary alcohols