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5.7 Common Names
There are some common names for simple and common organic compounds.
To the extent that your course requires this of you, you should be aware of these names.
The number of common names you should be familiar with will vary from course to course.
It is rare to hear someone refer to these compounds by their IUPAC names.
Common names are what we call them.
Common names for ethers include: The group on either side of the oxygen atom is called a substituent.
The oxygen atom would be treated like a carbon atom and the location of the oxygen atom would be indicated by the term oxa-.
No one calls diethyl ether 3-oxapentane.
Everyone calls it diethyl ether.
It's a good idea to know all of the common names in your textbook.
It is much easier to draw a compound when you are given the name than it is when you draw the compound in front of you.
There are a lot of decisions that need to be made when naming a compound, and it is easier to make them.
You don't need to make any decisions when you have a name in front of you and you need to draw a structure.
Add everything else to the name according to the numbering system provided in the name.
List the answers to the problems.
The list should just be names.
If you can't remember what the structures look like, try to draw them based on the names.
You can use your textbook for more examples.
You will know what I mean when I say names like 2-hexanol.
Your textbook will do that as well, so now is the time to master it.
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