CIE AS Chemistry (9701) 2019-2021

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3.1.2 Nomenclature of Aliphatic Compounds

Nomenclature of Aliphatic Compounds

  • Systematic nomenclature can be used to name organic compounds and therefore make it easier to refer to them
  • The alkanes provide the basis of the naming system and the stem of each name indicates how many carbon atoms are in the longest chain in one molecule of the compound

Nomenclature of organic compounds table

An Introduction to AS Level Organic Chemistry Table 1_Nomenclature of Aliphatic Compounds, downloadable AS & A Level Chemistry revision notes

  • If there are any side-chains or functional groups present, then the position of these groups are indicated by numbering the carbon atoms in the longest chain starting at the end that gives the lowest possible numbers in the name
  • The hydrocarbon side-chain is shown in brackets in the structural formula
  • CH3CH(CH3)CH2CH3
  • The side-chain is named by adding ‘-yl’ to the normal alkane stem
  • This type of group is called an alkyl group

 

An Introduction to AS Level Organic Chemistry Naming Side-Chain, downloadable AS & A Level Chemistry revision notes

  • If there are more than one of the same alkyl side-chain or functional groups, di- (for two), tri- (for three) or tetra- (for four) is added in front of its name
  • The adjacent numbers have a comma between them
  • Numbers are separated from words by a hyphen

 

An Introduction to AS Level Organic Chemistry Naming Multiple Side-Chains, downloadable AS & A Level Chemistry revision notes

  • If there is more than one type of alkyl side-chain, they are listed in alphabetic order

 

An Introduction to AS Level Organic Chemistry Side-Chains in Alphabetic Order, downloadable AS & A Level Chemistry revision notes

Functional groups & their nomenclature table

An Introduction to AS Level Organic Chemistry Functional Group Nomenclature, downloadable AS & A Level Chemistry revision notes

Worked example: Naming organic molecules

An Introduction to AS Level Organic Chemistry Worked example - Naming organic molecules, downloadable AS & A Level Chemistry revision notes

An Introduction to AS Level Organic Chemistry Answers Worked example - Naming organic molecules, downloadable AS & A Level Chemistry revision notes

Exam Tip

An aliphatic compound is straight or branched-chain and also includes cyclic organic compounds that do not contain a benzene ring.

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