Aldol Addition: Mechanism & Reaction


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Which of the following terms best describes the scenario below in which the negative charge on butanone can be placed on either the carbon or the oxygen atom?

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Complete the general form of the aldol reaction below by selecting the missing reactant that corresponds to the blank:

Enolate + _____ = Aldol product

2. The first step of the aldol addition is the formation of an enolate from the corresponding aldehyde or ketone. What important reagent must we utilize to facilitate a chemical reaction that forms an enolate?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This worksheet/quiz can assess your knowledge of aldol addition, including reactions and mechanisms of this chemical process. The quiz covers topics like the term for when a negative charge can be placed on more than one atom and a compound that's added to an enolate to get an aldol reaction.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These points are addressed on the quiz:

  • Reagent that must be utilized to facilitate a chemical reaction that forms an enolate
  • Molecular entity that supplies the hydrogen atom required to form the alcohol group
  • Type of bond in an aldol addition reaction that's used to produce a larger organic compound that's more complex

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about a type of compound that's added to an enolate to create an aldol reaction and the reagent that needs to be present in order to facilitate the chemical reaction that forms an enolate
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding a scenario in which a negative charge is placed on more than one atom
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related aldol addition lesson

Additional Learning

More information on this reaction is available in the lesson entitled Aldol Addition: Mechanism & Reaction. The following topics are discussed:

  • Enolate definition
  • Formation of enolates
  • Steps of aldol addition