Interactive Chemistry Worksheets for Students
There are many different types of alcohol. The proper name for alcohol is alkanol. The main functional group of alcohols (alkanols) is the hydroxyl or -OH group. Alcohols differ in the number of carbons atoms in the molecules and with the placement of the -OH group in the molecule.
The most common alcohol is ethanol which is commonly produced by fermentation.
A rotating model of ethanol, CH3CH2OH
Table of Common Alcohols and their Chemical Formula
|Name of alcohol||Chemical formula of alcohol||Structure of alcohol|
|ethanol||CH3CH2OH or C2H5OH|
|propan-1-ol||CH3CH2CH2OH or C3H7OH|