An introduction to the alcohols and their physical properties.
Replacing the OH group by halogen atoms
The reactions between alcohols and phosphorus halides (such as phosphorus(V) chloride) or sulfur dichloride oxide (thionyl chloride), and mixtures such as sodium bromide and concentrated sulfuric acid. Includes testing for the OH group using PCl5.
The oxidation of alcohols
The oxidation of alcohols using acidified potassium dichromate(VI) solution, and its use in making aldehydes, ketones and carboxylic acids. Using the reaction as a test for primary, secondary and tertiary alcohols.
Making esters from alcohols
Mainly the reaction between alcohols and carboxylic acids to produce esters, together at a brief look at making esters from the reactions between alcohols and acyl chlorides or acid anhydrides.
Uses of alcohols
Concentrates on ethanol and methanol, but with some mention of propan-2-ol.