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ISBN: 9781305081079
Textbook Problem

In chemical reactivity, ethers resemble

  1. a. alkanes
  2. b. alkenes
  3. c. alcohols
  4. d. no correct response

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation:

Ethers resemble which one in case of chemical reactivity has to be chosen from the given options.

Explanation

Reason for correct option:

Ethers are compounds that have oxygen atom bonded to two hydrocarbon groups through single bonds.  Ethers are similar to alkanes.  They have an oxygen atom instead of carbon atom in the chain.  The chemical reactivity of ethers is similar to that of alkanes.  Ethers are unreactive towards acids, bases, and oxidizing agents.  Similar to alkanes they undergo combustion reaction and halogenation reaction.  Therefore, the chemical reactivity of ether resemble that of alkanes.  Hence, option (a) is the correct one.

Reason for incorrect option:

Option (b) tells that the chemical reactivity of ether resembles alkenes...

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