Naming Esters

Nomenclature Esters Tutorial Video Leah Fisch Organic ChemistryNaming Organic Compounds Series: Video 17
This organic chemistry tutorial video takes you through the IUPAC rules for naming Esters. Examples include naming simple and substituted esters, along with diesters.

(Watch on YouTube: Esters. Click CC on bottom right for transcript.)

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This is Video 17 in the Naming Organic Compounds Video Series. Click HERE for the entire series.

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  1. The bond is missing between the R and the O at 1:24. Not really important but it’s reassuring to know that you’re human too! ;P

  2. About 5:55, I believe you incorrectly assign the substituent aldehyde as “oxo”, which is for ketones, instead of “formyl.” (But I’m still learning, so I could be wrong!)

  3. Why is it called propyl ethanoate if the propane carbon chain is longer than the ethane carbon chain?

  4. perfect!!

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