Isopropyl Alcohol And Its Various Uses

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Did you know that the alcohol present in the rubbing alcohol that we find in the store is isopropyl alcohol? Besides being a disinfectant, isopropyl alcohol has other uses. In this lesson, we will learn all about isopropyl alcohol and its various uses.

!!!Isopropyl Alcohol: Structure and Formula

Are you prone to getting minor cuts and wounds? If you are then you must be no stranger to using rubbing alcohol. It is a must to have rubbing alcohol in our first aid kits, as well as in our medicine cabinets. Isopropyl alcohol is most popularly known as the alcohol that is used in rubbing alcohol. Aside from this, isopropyl alcohol has other uses, which we will discuss later on.

Isopropyl Alcohol: The Alcohol in Rubbing Alcohol

Let’s talk about the chemical formula and structure of isopropyl alcohol. The __chemical formula__ of isopropyl alcohol is C3H8O, so there are three carbon (C) atoms, eight hydrogen (H) atoms and one oxygen (O) atom. The chemical formula of isopropyl alcohol can be written different ways, as shown below. As you can see, even though the chemical formula can be written different ways, you can see that there are still the same number of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen atoms.

1. C3H8O
2. C3H7OH
3. CH3CHOHCH3
4. (CH3)2CHOH

Different ways to Write the Chemical Formula of Isopropyl Alcohol

__Isopropyl alcohol__, also referred to as isopropanol, is a colorless and flammable liquid, and if you have smelled rubbing alcohol that you have bought in…

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