Nomenclature of Ethers

a. Ethers can be named by naming each of the two carbon groups as a separate word followed by a space and the word ether.

The –OR group can also be named as a substituent using the group name, alkoxy.

CH3–CH2–O–CH3

ethyl methyl ether

methoxyethane

· Try to name the following compounds using these conventions…

  J

J

· Try to draw structures for the following compounds…

2-pentyl 1-propyl ether J

1-(2-propoxy)cyclopentene J

b. Common names that you should know are...

anisole Try naming anisole by the other two conventions. J

oxirane

1,2-epoxyethane

ethylene oxide

dimethylene oxide

oxacyclopropane

furan…This compound is aromatic.

tetrahydrofuran

oxacyclopentane

1,4-epoxybutane

tetramethylene oxide

dioxane

1,4-dioxacyclohexane

 · Try to draw structures for the following compounds…

3-bromoanisole J

2-methyloxirane J

3-ethylfuran J

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