What is an Ester Linkage?


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What kind of atom links two hydrocarbon groups in an ester linkage?

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1. How are hydrocarbon esters formed?

2. In what biological molecule can phosphodiester bonds be found?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Ester linkages are specific class of organic compounds, and this quiz and worksheet will help test your understanding of how they work. Some of the concepts assessed in this quiz are how different types of esters are formed and what types of atoms link groups together in an ester linkage.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will review the following concepts:

  • Phosphodiester bonds
  • Ester linkages
  • Hydrocarbon esters
  • Nitroesters

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will help test the following skills

  • Making connections: use your understanding of the concept of ester linkages and the different types of molecules they can form
  • Information recall: remember how many ester linkages are found in specific molecules
  • Knowledge application: use the knowledge you have learned regarding ester linkages

Additional Learning

To learn more about ester linkages, review the accompanying lesson called What is an Ester Linkage? This lesson covers the following concepts:

  • The definition of esterification
  • The importance of a carboylic acid
  • Differences between phosphate based and nitrogen based esters