CIE A Level Chemistry (9701) exams from 2022

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7.8.1 Elucidating Organic Molecules

Elucidating Organic Molecules

  • Students should be able to identify organic functional groups and recall their properties and the reactions that they undergo

Properties of functional groups

  • In addition to the functional groups mentioned in the AS course, students should also be familiar with additional functional groups and their properties including:
    • Arenes
    • Halogenoarenes
    • Carboxylic acids (and derivatives)
    • Phenols
    • Amides
    • Amino acids
    • Acyl chlorides

Overview of additional functional groups and their properties

Reactions of functional groups

  • Students should also be able to recall:
    • The reactions by which these functional groups can be produced
    • The reactions that these functional groups undergo


Reactions by which functional groups can be produced

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