Write equations, state conditions and predict products to represent the reactions of alcohols


  • Alcohols react with oxygen to produce carbon dioxide and water


  • When dehydrated in the presence of a dehydrating agents, alcohols produce alkenes and water.

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Substitution with HX

  • Alcohols react with hydrogen halides (HX) to produce alkyl halides and water.


  • When oxidized, alcohols produce aldehydes and ketones. On further oxidation, carboxylic acids are produced.
  • Only primary and secondary alcohols undergo oxidation in the presence of sodium or potassium dichromate.

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